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

Mari Tietze

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


Victoria Wangia-Anderson, PhD

Victoria Wangia-Anderson, PhD, FHIMSS
Program Director/Associate Professor
University of Cincinnati


Rachelle Blake, PA, MHA

Rachelle Blake, PA, MHA
CEO/President and Managing Director
Omni Micro/Omni Medical Solutions


Chair & Program Director Healthcare Informatics
Sacred Heart University

Beth L. Elias. PhD, MS

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

Özlem H. Ersin, PhD, MBA, MEd, MBS

Özlem H. Ersin, PhD, MBA, MEd, MBS
Associate Dean, Interprofessional Education
James Madison University

Linda Hogan, PhD

Linda Hogan, PhD
Director, Faculty Development
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)

St. Margaret Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM)

Laura Kolkman, FHIMSS, MS, RN

Laura Kolkman, FHIMSS, MS, RN
Mosaica Partners

Steven Sablyar, MA

Steven Sablyar, MA Ed
Systems Analyst II
Cleveland Clinic

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

Janet Zelada, MSN/INF, RN, PHN, CMSRN
Sr. Instructional Designer
Providence Health & Services


Staff Liaisons

Tammy Kwiatkoski, MBA
Director, Clinical Informatics, HIMSS

Toria Shaw, MSW
Manager, Clinical Informatics, HIMSS

TIGER Interprofessional Community

TIGER Committee

TIGER International Committee

Scholars Candidate Selection 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