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State partners with IU startup to improve nursing home care

Kathleen Unroe is the founder of Probari.

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — The Indiana State Department of Health is partnering with an Indiana University-affiliated startup to help improve the healthcare experience for residents at nursing homes and long-term care facilities. IU says the agreement with Indianapolis-based Probari Inc. aims to provide training and support to more than 500 Hoosier nursing homes.

As part of the partnership, Probari registered nurses will contact assisted living facilities and nursing homes where residents or staff have tested positive for COVID-19 or are at high risk for outbreaks. IU says they will provide staff at the facilities with the latest guidance from the ISDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Probari, formerly known as Care Revolution, was launched by Dr. Kathleen Unroe, an associate professor at the IU School of Medicine and scientist at the IU Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute. 

“We’re honored to be able to support the state in its effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Unroe. “With information changing so rapidly, it’s critical that the most up-to-date treatment and prevention methods are communicated quickly and efficiently to facilities across the state.”

Probari will discuss the partnership this weekend on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, which will air Sunday at 10 a.m. on WISH-TV.