TIGER International Informatics Competency Synthesis Project

The TIGER International Committee is chaired by Dr. Ursula Hübner, Professor of Medical and Health Informatics at the University of Osnabruck Applied Sciences in Germany, with 30 members and liaisons representing 21 countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Saudi Arabia,  Scotland, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States.

In 2015, the Committee began comprehensive activities to compile recommended core international informatics competencies reflective of many countries, scientific societies, and research projects. This endeavor is comprised of three components:

  1. Compilation of national case studies submitted by our global Committee members from Australia, Brazil, Finland, Germany (inclusive of Austria and Switzerland), Ireland, New Zealand, the Philippines, Portugal, and Scotland. These studies serve as the project introduction and take into account competencies based on country requirements, educational needs and cultural considerations. Case studies for China and Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and the United States are underway to aid project findings. 
  2. Deployment of a survey  on November 23, 2015 composed of 24 areas of core competencies in clinical informatics within five domains: 1) clinical nursing 2) nursing management 3) quality management 4) IT management in nursing 5) coordination of interprofessional care.  The questionnaire was sent to 21 countries yielding participation from 43 experts to truly capture a global perspective.  
  3. And lastly, we are finalizing a Recommendation Framework derived from our case studies, survey results, and stakeholder input.  This framework for international recommendations for cognitive competencies in nursing and interprofessional informatics aims at providing a grid to host knowledge about informatics competencies, professional roles, priorities and practical experience. Our goal is to publish this final project component in early 2017.

The Committee is taking a unique approach with this project as it’s the first to collect various competencies across countries to identify global commonalities and differences. Finally, project insights and findings will provide guidance to the TIGER community and inform how the Committee moves forward in the future. Finally, these project findings and case studies are being leveraged as a foundational component for our EU*US eHealth Work Project scope of work funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 research and innovation grant program. For more information, click here

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