Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) Committee

Community Purpose

TIGER began as a grassroots initiative in 2006, with support from over 70 contributing organizations including HIMSS, two grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a personal endowment. TIGER is dedicated to advancing the integration of health informatics to transform education and practice. Eight years later, many volunteer hours and efforts have helped advance the TIGER cause. Focused on better preparing the clinical workforce to use technology and informatics to improve the delivery of patient care, TIGER transitioned to HIMSS, effective September 22, 2014.

Community Activities & Structure

The community is led by the HIMSS TIGER Committee which is charged with providing domain expertise, leadership and guidance to HIMSS activities, initiatives, and collaborations within the interprofessional community.


  • Reforming clinician education curriculum through the integration of IT, information literacy, informatics and the infusion of technologies for learning in a robust Virtual Learning Environment.
  • Developing and implementing learning innovations; fostering faculty development and ensuring universities and providers have the necessary health IT education infrastructure.
  • Identifying, modeling and implementing collaborative partnerships among public and private academic enterprises to launch a graduate student intern Informatics Scholar Program.
  • Increasing faculty and student acceptance and understanding of health IT technology through education and training, incentives and necessary supports.

Committee Members


Beth L. Elias, PhD, MS
Associate Professor
VCU School of Nursing

Domestic Co-Chair for FY18


Ursula Hübner, PhD
Professor, Medical and Health Informatics and Quantitative Methods
Head of the Health Informatics Research Group and Centre for Multimedia and IT-Applications
University AS Osnabrück, Germany

International Co-Chair for FY18

Peter Angood, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, MCCM

Peter Angood, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, MCCM
American Association for Physician Leadership

Robert (Rob) Brookshire, PhD

Robert (Rob) Brookshire, PhD
Director, Graduate Studies in Health Information Technology
University of South Carolina


Chair & Program Director Healthcare Informatics
Sacred Heart University

Barry Chaiken, PD, MPH, FHIMSS

Barry Chaiken, PD, MPH, FHIMSS
DocsNetwork Ltd.

Michelle Cook, PhD, MPH

Michelle Cook, PhD, MPH
Vice President of Research
American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Linda Hogan, PhD

Linda Hogan, PhD
UPMC St. Margaret

Michael Palone III, MPH, RPh

Michael Palone III, MPH, RPh
Director of Operations, Pharmacy Automation
Swisslog Healthcare

Radhakrishnan (Radha) Nagarajan, PhD

Radhakrishnan (Radha) Nagarajan, PhD
Associate Professor, Division of Biomedical Informatics
University of Kentucky

Jennifer (Jenna) Thate, MSN, RN, CNE

Jennifer (Jenna) Thate, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor
Siena College

Mari Tietze

Mari Tietze, PhD, RN-BC, FHIMSS
Texas Woman’s University (TWU) College of Nursing

Janet Zelada, MSN/INF, RN, PHN, CMSRN

Janet Zelada, BC, MSN, RN
Sr. Instructional Designer
Providence Health & Services


Staff Liaisons

Tammy Kwiatkoski, MBA
Director, Clinical Informatics, HIMSS

Toria Shaw, MSW
Senior Manager, Clinical Informatics, HIMSS

TIGER Interprofessional Community

TIGER Committee

TIGER International Taskforce

TIGER Scholars Workgroup - will debut in FY18

Please note you are visiting the HIMSS TIGER Committee webpage; to sign up for the TIGER VLE (Virtual Learning Environment), a one-stop online health IT education portal for academic professionals, students, adult learners, and clinical educators. To learn more about TIGER, visit the main TIGER landing page