Thursday, June 23, 2011

Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform

23 June 2011
Improving Informatics Skills for Clinicians, New Foundation Incorporates

Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform – TIGER – focuses on preparing the clinical workforce to use technology and informatics to improve the delivery of patient care

Focused on better preparing the clinical workforce to use technology and informatics to improve the delivery of patient care, Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform – or TIGER – becomes the TIGER Initiative Foundation, effective July 1, 2011. With incorporation, this new Foundation becomes a legal entity, a 501(c)(3) organization operating for charitable, educational and scientific purposes, and with new resources, including the necessary infrastructure and staff, plus marketing, web development, TIGER began as a grassroots initiative in 2006, with support from over 70 contributing organizations and a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to engage and prepare the clinical workforce to use technology and informatics to improve the delivery of patient care. Now, five years later, these many volunteer hours and efforts have helped advance the TIGER cause. Leaders from the TIGER Phase III Executive Committee, HIMSS and collaborative partners will help with the process to establish and maintain the TIGER Initiative Foundation.



“TIGER operates based on three principles developed to guide the industry on its activities,” explained Christel Anderson, HIMSS Director, Informatics, and Acting Secretary of the TIGER Initiative Foundation. “Through its work, TIGER identifies the necessary skills, including basic computer competencies, information literacy and informatics skills, that must be part of a clinician’s portfolio.”

The founding principles for TIGER are:
• Preparing nurses to use technology and informatics to improve patient care;
• Engaging clinicians in the development of a nationwide health IT infrastructure; and
• Accelerating the adoption of smart, standards?based, interoperable, patient?centered technology that will make healthcare delivery safer, more efficient, timely, accessible, and efficient in a new interdisciplinary approach.

The completed work of TIGER is available on the organization’s newly designed TIGER Website and offers users a series of collaborative reports that are the building blocks for the next phase of the Tiger Initiative Foundation, The Virtual Learning Environment. This online resource will be designed through interdisciplinary collaboration and follow the TIGER Competency Framework with the learning tools of tutorials, scenario-based learning, traditional online learning and educational gaming/modules/scenarios.

Visit the TIGER Website for more information.

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