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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
TJTaghreed 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 MacTaggartPatricia 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 ProjectClick here to access the global case studies compilation

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