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TIGER News | August 3, 2017

Download TIGER's Informatics Definitions 2.0 Document Today!
In the fall of 2015, TIGER Committee members compiled 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). Our intention is for this resource to serve as a helpful tool for those learning about informatics and informatics competencies.

As the field of informatics and competencies grow and change, so will the terms defined within this resource. With this in mind, an update will be provided to this document annually. We are pleased to share that version 2.0 is now available for download - click here to access and download today!

Do you have a term, not currently listed, to share? Email TIGER with your feedback and proposed inclusions.

Launch of TIGER's Scholars Workgroup
In FY18, TIGER will launch a Scholars Workgroup, Chaired by TIGER Committee member, Dr. Stephen Burrows, DPM, MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, CPHIT, Chair & Program Director, Healthcare Informatics, Sacred Heart University and liaised by Ruth Schleyer, MSN, RN-BC, COI, Senior Program Manager, Informatics Education, Providence St. Joseph Health. The Scholars Workgroup will provide a professional community that will inform and enhance current educational practices through:
  • A network of like-minded professionals within informatics programs
  • Sharing of knowledge and best practices to advance the discipline
  • Networking with colleagues who share similar opportunities and challenges
  • A place to convene, share, and learn about state-of-the-art approaches and best practices in education and training within the academic informatics community
  • Will launch a TIGER Scholars Program - stay tuned for more details!
Are you are interested in becoming a part of this dynamic Workgroup? Please share your bio and CV via email to by August 30th.

TIGER VLE Curriculum Adoption Stories
This summer via the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) webinar series & archive, we have been showcasing VLE curriculum adoption stories to inspire you on how to leverage resources and encourage you to join us on the journey of education reform.

On June 14th, we shared the SUNY Plattsburgh’s TIGER VLE Curriculum Adoption Stories shared how two faculty from the RN-BSN program utilized the TIGER VLE resources in their Nursing Informatics classes in the fall of 2016 and spring 2017. The fall class was taught in a hybrid format, in which 50% of the instruction was online and 50% was face-to-face, in the RN-BSN program while the other utilized the TIGER VLE as the primary resource for an online RN-BSN course taught in the spring of 2017. Click here to access the event recording.

On August 1st, we shared the TIGER VLE Adoption Story: Mini-Byte Modules Directed at Informatics Competency Attainment in Nurse Educators from Regis College that focused on a scholarly project that provided nurse educators with mini-bytes or small chunks of informatics competency concepts and content in order to improve informatics competency attainment in nurse educators, and ultimately, in benefit of the students they teach.  The education modules included content from the VLE in order to provide the most current, evidence-based content to the nurse educator participants.  This project was conducted as part of the requirements of a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. Click here to access the event recording.

The TIGER VLE 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 credits are designated for 1 hour per event. Webinar events are recorded live and then archived in the VLE’s Events Theatre for on-demand watching.

*PLEASE NOTE: TIGER VLE subscription required to attend all webinar events. For more information about the VLE and to subscribe today, click here.

Take Your Informatics Knowledge to the Next Level
By Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, vice president, informatics, HIMSS NA
As adult learners, we value continuing education as a means for accelerating our career advancement. But, often finding useful resources can be challenging, especially quality resources that are easily accessible, and better yet, free! I am pleased to share that HIMSS is committed to providing such resources to the community, making them available at your virtual fingertips. Click here to read full blog post.

Protecting Your Stakeholder’s Privacy With Information Sharing
In a recent blog post, Lee Kim, BS, JD, CISSP, CIPP/US, FHIMISS, Director, Privacy and Security, Healthcare Information Systems, HIMSS North America, states that information sharing is vital to the security and safety of the sector, and stakeholders within the sector.

Kim says Information sharing is useful for all types of incidents and threats. Whether there is a threat of something actually occurring or an incident has actually occurred, both threats and incidents have indicators to help determine what has occurred (in the case of an incident) or what may occur (in the case of a threat). Click here to read full blog post.

Visit the HIMSS Value Suite site to learn more about how security plays a vital role in patient care and safety.  Click here to access the HIMSS Cybersecurity Hub for more information.

Meet Jessica Liston - TIGER's Inaugural Intern
Passionate about advancing nursing practice, Jessica Liston, RN, MS chose informatics and in particular informatics competencies among staff nurses as part of her work in completing her Masters of Science. Her work, Self-Assessment of Perceived Informatics Competencies Among Staff Nurses at Sutter Maternity and Surgery Hospital, was published in Journal of Informatics Nursing thisMarch 2017.  Because of her initiative and collaborative nature, Jessica has been placed in a pivotal leadership position at her workplace, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Hospital, in the role of Informatics Specialist along with the role of Operating Room Manager.

In working with both nurses and physicians within that role, Jessica has steadfastly advocated and promoted the position that clinicians need to play in EHR implementation and optimization within her organization. Whether it's participating in the world record surfboard paddleout in her native Santa Cruz, or her intellectual curiosity, that leads her to embrace new challenges and opportunities.

Jessica has participated in international medical volunteer experiences from which she has deepened her understanding about the commonality of the international community of care providers. She feels greatly honored and respects the trust that has been shown in her capabilities as the inaugural intern selected for TIGER. Jessica will be working with the TIGER Committee on the EU*US eHealth Work Project and the International Informatics Competencies Synthesis Project (ICSP), while obtaining her Doctor of Nursing Practice. Please join us in welcoming Jessica to the TIGER team!

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Share Your TIGER News with Our Community
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Contact HIMSS Staff About All Things TIGER

HIMSS Names Harold "Hal" Wolf III as New President/Chief Executive Officer
HIMSS has announced the appointment of Harold “Hal” Wolf III as its new president and CEO. Wolf is expected to start in September 2017 and will assume full duties of President and CEO by the end of the year. He will succeed H. Stephen Lieber, who in December 2016 announced his plans to retire as HIMSS President and CEO after more than 17 years of recognized success and exemplary service to HIMSS. Read full press release.

HIMSS18 Registration Now Open!
We hope you'll mark your calendars and plan now to join us at HIMSS18, where you'll benefit from world-class expertise, the latest technology advances, and endless connections with health IT professionals from around the world. Gather with 45,000+ colleagues for five days of nonstop education, innovation, and collaboration that will help you embrace the change in health IT and solve your biggest challenges all year long. Click here to access the conference site.

Expand Your Knowledge of C-CDA and Realize the Storytelling Power of These Documents
Monday, August 7 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
When should each C-CDA clinical document type be leveraged and how can these documents be optimized to assist in communicating a patient's health story? On this Health Story Project Roundtable, panelists will show how new CDA rendering options are revealing the storytelling power of C-CDA documents and increasing their relevance and pertinence in clinical settings. Register today.

Call for Nominations for HIMSS Awards Now Open!
Lots of talented people work in health IT but few take the time to nominate someone. Make someone’s day by nominating them today! HIMSS is now accepting nominations for awards that celebrate individuals who have made significant contributions to the transformation of health through IT. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CT. A variety of awards will be given in each of these categories:

2017 Most Influential Women in Health IT: The Future is Ours
by Lisa S. Stump, MS, RPh, FASHP, Sr. VP, CIO, Yale New Haven Health and Yale School of Medicine
Being a leader in health IT is an exciting, rewarding, and challenging role. I have the opportunity to advance technology and analytics to predict, prevent, treat and cure disease and to empower people to reach their health goals. That is my motivation every day. It's what drives me to work, to lead, and to partner with and mentor others toward that goal. Click here to read more.

Maximizing Minority Voices of Women in Health IT
August 22, 2017 l 10:00am - 11:00am CT
Panelists discuss the barriers they have overcome and share best practices to lead an inclusive and diverse workforce. Hear the journey of how minority women leaders in the health sector achieve their goals despite workforce disparities. Click here to register.

Expand Your Knowledge of C-CDA and Realize the Storytelling Power of these Documents.
Monday, August 7, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
When should each C-CDA clinical document type be leveraged? On this Health Story Project Roundtable, panelists will show how new CDA rendering options are revealing the storytelling value of C-CDA documents and increasing their relevance and pertinence in clinical settings.

STEPS to Value Podcast: The Value of Strengthening the Clinical Narrative
In this episode, we will explore the state of health information exchange and the impact that Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture, or C-CDA, has on the ability to more effectively connect clinicians with their patient’s clinical narratives. 

NAM Discussion Paper: Burnout Among Health Care Professionals
The U.S. health care system is rapidly changing in an effort to deliver better care, improve health, and lower costs. While many of these changes positively impact the health of the country, they also add a lot of pressure on our current health care professionals. Excessive workloads and inefficiencies in documentation are commonplace, leading to high levels of burnout in our clinicians. In fact, 35 percent of hospital nurses experience high levels of emotional exhaustion. Read full article.

A Framework for Measuring Digital Health Interoperability
by Mark Roche, MD, MS, Chair, HIMSS Standards Advisory Task Force
Several federal regulations enacted over the past few years specify technical standards required in electronic health record vendor products. Some standards, such as C-CDA, focus on the exchange of clinical summaries and notes, while others, such as SNOMED CT, focus on encoding clinical information with specialized clinical vocabularies. The goal of these technical standards is to improve provider and patient access to health information, and improve patient safety, care provisions and clinical outcomes. While it is more common to know what standards are required, there is little knowledge and transparency about how to implement and measure these standards. Click here to read full blog post.

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