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TIGER Initiative for Technology and Health Informatics Education

Focusing on education reform, interprofessional community growth and global workforce development, the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) initiative offers tools and resources for learners to advance their skills and for educators to develop technology and health informatics curricula.

By providing the needed resources to integrate technology and health informatics into education, clinical practice and research, the TIGER initiative helps prepare the next generation of global healthcare professionals to improve patient care through several pillars.

Communication and Collaboration
Encourage standardized, person-centered and technology-enabled processes to facilitate teamwork and relationships across the continuum of care.

Foster a respectful learning community of diverse stakeholders that embrace shared values to drive innovation and technology.

Create an environment that maximizes the possibilities of technology toward knowledge development and dissemination, driving rapid implementation of best practices.

Informatics Design
Implement evidence-based, interoperable intelligence systems that support education and practice to foster quality care and safety.

Information Technology
Support smart, people-centered, affordable technologies that are universal, useable, useful and standards-based.

Management and Leadership
Enable leadership to drive, empower and execute the transformation of healthcare.

Design consistent, incentives-based initiatives—organizational and governmental—that support advocacy and coalition building, achieving and resourcing an ethical culture of safety.

Global Health Informatics Recommendations

While informatics recommendations on competencies and education support the design of curricula and courses, they are unable to inform educators on how to customize content for local needs and requirements. That’s why the TIGER International Competency Synthesis Project and the EU*US eHealth Work Project came together to describe and validate the TIGER initiative’s framework of global informatics core competencies for health professionals.

The EU*US eHealth Work Project compiled a recommendation framework of health informatics competencies to measure, inform, educate and advance development of a skilled workforce throughout the EU, U.S. and around the world. Although this project has ended, we are currently compiling global case studies to bring our findings to life, with a focus on all states within the EU.

Watch former co-chairs of the TIGER International Task Force, Ursula Hübner, PhD, professor, University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, Germany and Beth Elias, PhD, MS, FHIMSS, associate professor/founding program director of health informatics, Mary Balwin University, present these important project findings at the HIMSS Global Health Conference.

Informatics Definitions

The TIGER initiative’s informatics definitions provide context to commonly used health informatics terms within the global health community. As the field continues to grow and change, this resource will evolve as well, serving as a helpful tool for those learning about informatics and informatics competencies.


Virtual Learning Environment

The TIGER initiative’s Virtual Learning Environment is an interactive, online learning platform for academic professionals, students, adult learners and clinical educators. This personalized learning experience—containing courses and webinars—expands knowledge and skillset in a self-paced format. From within the Virtual Learning Environment, access resources and modules to incorporate into curricula, earn continuing education credits and complete certificate paths.

Get more information on the Virtual Learning Environment, bulk subscriptions and CA-CPHIMS credit opportunities.

The TIGER Virtual Learning Environment requires a $65 subscription and includes unlimited access for one year along with the webinar series and archive. Access to the Health IT Foundations course requires an additional $35 fee.

Become a TIGER

TIGER International Task Force
The TIGER International Task Force provides our global community of almost 30 countries with knowledge, leadership and guidance in its efforts to reform technology and health informatics education. The task force fosters collaborative partnerships to ensure proper training and support of health IT education for faculty, students and providers.

TIGER Scholars Workgroup
The TIGER Scholars Workgroup is a forum for the academic informatics community to share knowledge, theory and experience on technology and health informatics education—informing best practices for teaching, learning and assessment of current and future health professionals.

TIGER Virtual Learning Environment Workgroup
The TIGER Virtual Learning Environment Workgroup helps keep the TIGER initiative’s online learning platform up to date, streamlined and intuitive for those seeking to expand their health informatics knowledge and skillset. A priority of the workgroup is to increase access to current high-quality technology and informatics resources for the interprofessional community.

Get Insights from TIGER
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