In 2015, the TIGER International Task Force began comprehensive activities to compile recommended core international informatics competencies reflective of many countries, scientific societies, and research projects. This endeavor was comprised of three components:
- Compilation of national case studies submitted by our global Committee members from Australia, Brazil, China/Taiwan, Finland, Germany (inclusive of Austria and Switzerland), Ireland, New Zealand, the Philippines, Portugal, Scotland and the United States.
- Deployment of a survey 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.
- And lastly, a Recommendation Framework derived from our case studies, survey results, and stakeholder input. This framework populated with international recommendations for cognitive competencies in nursing aims at providing a grid to host knowledge about informatics competencies, professional roles, priorities and practical experience. The project's Recommendation Framework can be accessed from two publications:
- The Evolution of TIGER Competencies and Informatics Resources publication
- An International Recommendation Framework of Core Competencies in Health Informatics for Nurses article published by the Methods of Information in Medicine journal.
In summer of 2019, TIGER is set to release the Recommendation Framework 2.0 with expert input from 51 countries. Findings from the EU*US eHealth Work Project's scope of work, funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 research and 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. For more information about this ground breaking project, view the project presentation at HIMSS19, the session handout, and the recent blog post.
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