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TIGER Scholars Workgroup

TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Scholars Workgroup launched in fall 2017 with the goal of providing an informatics educator-focused network to inform and enhance current educational practices. The workgroup seeks to achieve this goal by providing a forum for sharing knowledge and learning about state of the art approaches and best practices within the academic informatics community. As part of the overarching global TIGER community, the TIGER Scholars Workgroup developed the following mission and vision:


Be a trusted resource for health informatics educators.


Enhance health informatics education through an interprofessional community in which educators share theory, knowledge & experience and collaboratively identify best practices for teaching, learning and assessment.

Target Audience

Informatics educators come to their roles with a variety of professional backgrounds; some are trained in informatics and others are not. All are charged with effectively preparing the current and future healthcare workforce related to the application of informatics concepts and competencies. Resources and tools that will be offered through the TIGER Scholars Workgroup are intended for all informatics educators, with targeted focus on those who may not have previous informatics specialization.


The TIGER Scholars Workgroup models proactive collaboration and engagement with other professional organizations that support health informatics educators. Workgroup members are spreading the word about the critical value of aligning and synchronizing collective efforts to improve the informatics educator and student experience through presentations at conferences and workshops.

Current Scholars Workgroup Leadership & Members:

Stephen Burrows, DPM, MBA, CPHIMSS, FHIMSS

Chair & Program Director, Healthcare Informatics, Sacred Heart University, CT, USA


Ruth Schleyer, MSN, RN-BC, COI

Chief Nursing Informatics Officer

Legacy Health, Portland, OR, USA


Gabriela Mustata Wilson, PhD, MSc, FHIMSS

Chair of Health Informatics and Information Management

Associate Professor of Health Informatics

College of Nursing and Health Professions, University of Southern Indiana, IN, USA

Chair Liaison


Assistant Professor, Health Information Management

Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, USA


Taghreed Justinia, PhD, MSc

Founding Regional Director IT Services, Technology & Health Informatics

King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Ministry of National Guard, Public Affairs, Saudi Arabia

Saif Khairat, PhD, MPH, MS

Assistant Professor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing, NC, USA

Clair Lunt, DHSc, RN

Director of Nursing Informatics

Mount Sinai West Nursing Department, New York, NY, USA

Patricia MacTaggart

Patricia MacTaggart, MBA, MMA

Teaching Instructor, Health Policy & Management

Program Director of Health Informatics

Milken Institute of Public Health, George Washington University, DC, USA

David Marc, PhD, CHDA

Associate Professor, Department Chair, Health Informatics Graduate Program Director

Department of Health Informatics and Information Management, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, USA

Ann Minks, MBA candidate

Online Pedagogy Facilitator, Tenured Faculty

Bellevue College, WA, USA

Marisa Wilson, DNSc, MHSc, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FAAN

Specialty Track Coordinator, MSN Nursing Informatics

Health Systems Leadership Pathway Director

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing

Senior Scientist, The Informatics Institute

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, USA



Toria Shaw, MSW, Senior Manager, Professional Development, serves as the HIMSS TIGER Staff Liaison

In addition to the TIGER Scholars Workgroup, the community comprises:

TIGER International Task Force

TIGER VLE Workgroup

TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

EU*US eHealth Work ProjectAccess the global case studies compilation

Want to learn more about the TIGER Initiative? Please visit our main landing page.