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TIGER News | September 15, 2016

Global Consortium Receives Grant to Improve Healthcare Workforce IT Skills

With burgeoning global demand for skilled healthcare workers, the HIMSS Foundation joins other members of the EU*US eHealth Work Consortium to address the need, development and deployment of workforce IT skills, competencies and training programs. This new 18-month project, spanning from September 2016 to February 2018, is being funded from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation grant program, which awarded just under $600,000 dollars to the EU*US eHealth Work Consortium. Under this grant scope of work, the TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Initiative will execute project deliverables on behalf of the Foundation.  

The Foundation (where TIGER resides within the HIMSS family) originally became a member of the Omni Micro Consortium, led by TIGER committee member Rachelle Blake, PA, MHA, CEO/President and Managing Director, Omni Micro Systems/Omni Medical Solutions, in mid-December 2015 to respond to the grant opportunity by mid-February. We are delighted to share that we were successful and our 18-month project officially began on September 1st!

“TIGER is an ideal partner for several reasons: many members of the international committee reside in Europe; we intend to capitalize on our international competency synthesis project work underway; and finally, this initiative is far reaching - we have strong global alliances with healthcare professionals rooted in the heart of care delivery, education and training,” said Joyce Sensmeier, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS-FHIMSS, FAAN, Vice President, Informatics, HIMSS North America. Click here to read the full press release.

Fall TIGER VLE Webinar Lineup

We are excited to share our fall TIGER VLE webinar lineup. Our webinar series is designed to get to know leaders in the health IT field and is ideal for knowledge expansion and staff development/training. CPHIMS/CAHIMS enduring credit are designated for 1 hour per event. We hope you can join us for one or more of these informative webinars!

Planting Seeds: Developing a Mature Health IT Team on September 22nd
Emerging technology, regulatory changes and organizational restructuring to meet the industry’s demands continues to challenge healthcare organizations. HITECH legislation acknowledged a workforce and skillset shortage and subsequently implemented several programs. Some industry leaders require staff with specialty certifications. This session will discuss organizational efforts needed to build strong, mature team members. Presented by Karen Marie Wilding, Director IS&T Operations, University of Maryland Medical System & Ernie Hood, Senior Director, The Advisory Board Company.

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Time: 1:00pmCT/2:00pmET
Location: TIGER Virtual Learning Environment
Duration:  1 hour
Registration: Click “Add to Calendar” to reserve your spot *

10 Essential Point-of-Care Applications for Health Providers on October 12th
Many mobile applications have been developed that provide quick access to vital information. These "apps" include both provider- and patient-centered information to be used at the point of care. They are user-friendly, many are free, and some will save patients money on prescriptions. This session will provide a priority approach to app utilization that can improve patient care and save time for both providers and their patients. Presented by Linda Hogan, PhD, Director, Faculty Development, Family Medicine Residency, UPMC - St. Margaret, Department of Family Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, TIGER Committee member.

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 11:00amCT/12:00pmET
Location: TIGER Virtual Learning Environment
Duration:  1 hour
Registration: Click “Add to Calendar” to reserve your spot *

Integrating Informatics Competencies into the Philippine Nursing Specialist Programs on November 17th
Three programs were developed for the completion of an informatics nurse specialist track using the specialization path of the National Nursing Career Progression Program in the Philippines. The basic, advanced, and informatics nurse specialist programs were prepared to contain (1) a program description, (2) pre-requisite requirements, (3) program objectives, (4) course outline based on the competencies identified, and (5) expected competencies to be met. In addition, course outlines were adopted from the knowledge and skill sets of the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) and International Medical Informatics Association - Nursing Informatics (IMIA-NI) Special Interest Group. Sections of analysis were found to be useful as a basis for benchmarking the informatics nursing specialist programs in the Philippines. This webinar will share key characteristics identified along with health informatics components infused into country specific nursing programs. Theories and models associated with informatics nursing practice will also be described. This presentation is part of TIGER’s international competency synthesis project showcasing country specific case studies via the VLE webinar series. Presented by John Francis Faustorilla Jr. , DNS, University of the Philippines, Manila, TIGER International Committee member. This event originally took place on May 3rd. Due to technical difficulties, we'll present live again.<br

Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2016 
Time: 6:00pmCT/7:00pmET (Friday, November 18th 8:00AM Singapore)
Location: TIGER Virtual Learning Environment
Duration:  1 hour
Registration: Click “Add to Calendar” to reserve your spot *

Delivering Health Informatics Education to the Workforce on December 13th
VHA (Veteran’s Health Administration) recognizes that a workforce educated in Health IT is vital. The rapid expansion of information and systems has necessitated the development and maintenance of core Health IT competencies across all healthcare disciplines. Our presenters will share their approach to delivering health IT education across multiple disciplines.   Presented by Danielle Marano, MSN, RN, Management Analyst, Department of Veterans Affairs & Jennifer Kalman, Management Analyst, Department of Veterans Affairs.  

Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Time: 11:00amCT/12:00pmET
Location: TIGER Virtual Learning Environment
Duration:  1 hour
Registration: Click “Add to Calendar” to reserve your spot *

*PLEASE NOTE: TIGER VLE subscription required to attend these events

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Download TIGER's NEW Informatics Definitions Document

In the fall of 2015, TIGER Committee members began compiling interprofessional informatics definitions. The purpose of creating this document was to collaboratively define and document core health informatics terminology in an effort to provide context to the global TIGER interprofessional, interdisciplinary community for consideration when terms are referred to on the TIGER’s main landing page on, in official documents, and within the TIGER 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. Our intention is for this resource to serve as a helpful tool for those learning about informatics and informatics competencies. Click here to access the document. Do you have a term, not currently listed, to share? Email TIGER with your feedback and proposed inclusions.

Become a TIGER VLE Ambassador

If you love the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), help us spread the word! As an ambassador, we’ll equip each of you with a toolkit of VLE materials to share with colleagues, students, faculty, etc. Contact TIGER today to learn more!

IHE NA Connectathon System Registration Open

IHE Profiles are the foundation of interoperability in the US. Don’t miss your opportunity to test the strength of your health IT solutions with closest competitors in a challenging, non-competitive environment at the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon. Accomplish months of development in minutes. Solve problems and debug systems. All while building quality into your products and meeting industry standards for interoperability.

IHE NA Connectathon system registration is open September 12 - October 7, 2016. Learn how you can participate by downloading our live IHE NA Connectathon and HIMSS Interoperability ShowcaseTM Introductory Webinar or visit our website for more information.

Call for HIMSS17 Nursing Informatics Symposium Poster Submissions

The call for poster submissions to present during the HIMSS17 Nursing Informatics Symposium is now open! In addition to learning about the compelling topics that the Symposium has to offer, the poster presentations at the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Symposium are intended to identify the impact of nursing informatics from a variety of scientific, practical and topic oriented methodologies. The HIMSS17 Call for Posters will be open through October 25, 2016 at 4:00pm CT. Selections will be announced in mid-November. Interested? Click here to apply.

Share your HIT story for National Health IT Week

Inspire progress with your #IHeartHIT story to support National Health IT Week. We are at a critical point on the path to healthcare transformation in the U.S. Policymakers want to know if we are making progress on health IT interoperability, so that the right information is available to the right person, at the right time, on the right device, in the right format to empower the right health decisions. Share your story to support National Health IT Week (September 26-30th). National Health IT Week 2016 is an independent, partner-driven virtual awareness week made up of local, regional and national events that offer all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite in support of the benefits that health information technology (HIT) can bring to U.S. healthcare.

Clinical Informatics Insights Newsletter

HIMSS Clinical Informatics Insights is a provider’s source for timely and comprehensive articles on effective integration of informatics across the continuum of care. Published the second Monday of every month, this complimentary e-newsletter highlights improvements in clinical quality and support of health IT practices, policies, and tools. To learn more, click here.

Nominations for the Most Influential Women in HIT Award

This awards program recognizes prominent women at all stages of their health IT careers. Awards will be presented to women who, demonstrate ongoing commitment to harnessing the power of IT to positively transform health and healthcare, demonstrate active leadership of the effective use of IT in support of the strategic initiatives of their organizations, drive innovative, out-of-the-box thinking about health IT by an entity, community or population, represent the highest standards of leadership, and are respected and recognized as role models to peers and the field. Recipients will be honored during HIMSS17 in Orlando, Florida at the Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards Dinner on Monday, February 20, 2017. The call for nominations is open now through October 17, 2016. Nominate yourself or another female colleague today.

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