The NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program encourages high-risk, high-reward projects. NINR supported researcher, Dr. Kathryn Bowles and her colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing are an SBIR success story. The team developed technology to help identify patients who should receive post-acute care, thus helping to meet their needs after a hospital stay and ultimately reducing readmissions.
The NINR funded project started with the paper-based Discharge Decision Support System (D2S2), a tool that had the potential to improve health outcomes and quality of life. The D2S2 tool was further developed with a Phase 1 SBIR grant, embedded in three hospitals, and data were collected on thousands of patients. The D2S2 helped bring about a 35 percent reduction in 30-day readmissions and a 26 percent reduction in 60-day readmissions.
Dr. Bowles and her team are currently in Phase II of the SBIR award, where they are testing and refining the technology. Dr. Bowles has since attracted venture capital and co-founded a company to scale-up the technology and bring it to market.
The team recently published a journal article recapping their experience in taking nursing science technology to market, a success story that can help their peers better translate research to improve clinical care.
To learn more about Dr. Bowles' research, watch her NINR Director's Lecture below: