The TIGER Initiative (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform)

TIGER - Education Reform LogoAre you an academic professional, student, adult learner, or clinical educator seeking tools/resources for curriculum and/or staff development, or to advance your skill set? Then, TIGER can help you!

What is TIGER?

TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) is an interprofessional grassroots initiative focused on education reform, fostering community development and global workforce development. The spirit of TIGER is to maximize the integration of technology and informatics into seamless practice, education, research, and resource development.

TIGER’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is a one-stop online eHealth/health IT education portal offering courses and resources to integrate into your curriculum, plus live and on-demand webinars.

Global Health Informatics Recommendations

Health informatics recommendations on competencies and education underpin the design of curricula and courses, but they cannot inform educators on how the content can be customized for local needs and requirements. The TIGER International Competency Synthesis Project (ICSP) and the EU*US eHealth Work Project, funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 innovation grant program, were executed to empirically describe and validate the TIGER framework of health informatics competencies for a broad range of health professionals and their interprofessional collaboration. Watch former co-chairs of the TIGER International Task Force, Drs. Ursula Hübner, Professor, University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, Germany and Beth Elias, Associate Professor/Founding Program Director of Health Informatics, Mary Balwin University, present these important project findings at HIMSS19. 

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Learn more about the TIGER community's purpose, activities, and structure. Join the TIGER listserv to receive our bi-weekly newsletter delivered directly to your inbox today!

TIGER began as a grassroots initiative in 2006 within the nursing community, with support from over 70 contributing organizations including the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and HIMSS, two grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a personal endowment. 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 under Clinical Informatics with an interprofessional, interdisciplinary focus.

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TIGER Focused Health Information and Technology in Action Podcasts

Episode #1: An Introduction to TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform)

TIGER Pioneers, Marion J. Ball, Ed D, FHIMAA, FCHIME, FACMI, Senior Advisor, Healthcare Informatics, Center for Computational Health , IBM Research, IBM Industry Academy Member, Professor Emerita, Johns Hopkins University and Michelle R. Troseth, MSN, RN, DPNAP, FAANMissingLogic Co-Founder, discuss the TIGER Initiative, and how participation benefits members and the patients that they care for.

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Episode #5: TIGER’s Global Reach

Ursula Hübner, PhD, Professor of Medical and Health Informatics, University AS Osnabrück, Former International Co-Chair of the TIGER Committee, discusses the TIGER Informatics Competency Synthesis Project (ICSP) and how participation in this global initiative benefits members and the patients that they care for.

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The TIGER International Task Force is in the process of releasing a recommendation framework 2.0 that highlights recommended core global informatics competencies.

Learn more about this project

The purpose of TIGER’s Informatics Definitions document is to provide context to the global interprofessional, interdisciplinary community for consideration when terms are referred to on this landing page, in official documents, and within the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).  We acknowledge that as the field of informatics continues to grow and change, so will the terms defined within this resource. As the field evolves, our intention is to have this resource serve as a helpful tool for those learning about informatics and informatics competencies. The 4.0 version of this document will be published in July 2019.

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These TIGER Initiative Reports provide an overview of interprofessional community development and health information and technology education reform.

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