Texting May Help Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations From Nursing Homes
Each year, billions of dollars are spent transferring residents from nursing homes to hospitals. The Sinclair School of Nursing is examining how a common form of communication — texting — can be used by nursing home staff to speed up decision-making and prevent the decline of residents’ health that can lead to costly and traumatic hospital transfers.
To help address this costly and stressful issue, a three-year, $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help the researchers show how nursing home staff can securely use HIPAA-compliant text messages to speed up decision-making in a way that can allow residents to be safely cared for in the nursing home without the need for a traumatic transfer to the hospital.
Kimberly Powell, is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and the grant’s principal investigator. Collaborators include Mihail Popescu, David Mehr, Suhwon Lee and Greg Alexander.