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TIGER Initiative - Overview


On November 1, 2006, the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) Summit participants defined action steps that the nursing profession can take to better prepare our nursing workforce to use technology and informatics to improve the delivery of patient care.   Today’s practicing nurse’s portfolio of necessary skills includes computer literacy, information literacy and informatics skills. The TIGER Initiative is focused on helping the nursing profession to adopt informatics tools, principles, theories and practices that make healthcare safer and more effective, efficient, patient-centered and equitable for all stakeholders.   The executive summary report and recommendations from the TIGER Summit are available online at www.tigersummit.com


While the TIGER Initiative started out as a grass-roots effort to engage with all stakeholders that are committed to a common “vision” of ideal EHR-enabled nursing practice, today more than 120 diverse organizations have joined this effort. While the original 70 organizations that attended the Summit work towards completing their strategic action plans, additional nursing professionals have joined the TIGER Initiative to collaborate on nine important topics. These nine topics include:


1.      Standards and Interoperability

2.      Healthcare IT National Agenda/HIT Policy

3.      Informatics Competencies

4.      Education and Faculty Development

5.      Staff Development/Continuing Education

6.      Usability/Clinical Application Design

7.      Virtual Demonstration Center

8.      Leadership Development

9.      Consumer Empowerment/Personal Health Record


Today 280 nurses have volunteered their expertise to work on the nine collaborative teams. Each team is being led by industry experts on the topic. The goal of the collaborative teams is to share their findings and recommendations to all practicing nurses and nursing students through targeted outreach activities. Examples of the materials that the collaborative teams are developing include presentations, white papers, webinars, and articles for publication in specialty journals and text books. 


The diverse background of the nurses participating in this initiative is unparalleled. Most of the participants represent the interests of nursing professional organizations, nursing informatics organizations, government agencies, information technology vendors, industry partners, non-profit organizations, healthcare provider organizations, and academic institutions. Together these teams are reaching out to gather case studies, examples of innovative practice and education models, publications, and ongoing research programs that represent the diversity of nursing professionals in both their practice environment and educational preparation.   These teams are concurrently developing mechanisms to enhance collaboration between professional organizations, government and policy-making agencies, and industry partners to specifically address the educational needs of the nursing workforce to better use technology to improve the delivery of patient care.


There has never been a better opportunity for nursing to lead the effort to reform our healthcare delivery system with technology as the enabler and the bridge to safer, more effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care. Technology is also the enabler to facilitating the collaborative effort of these teams. These teams are meeting via web-enabled meetings, sharing documents via wiki’s and SharePoint®-enabled websites, and audio conference calls that are recorded if team members cannot attend the meetings. The outcomes of each of the collaborative teams will be available for distribution through a variety of electronic and multi-media delivery mechanisms.

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