The TIGER Initiative
Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform

The Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform (TIGER) Initiative aims to enable practicing nurses and nursing students to fully engage in the unfolding digital electronic era in healthcare.  The purpose of the initiative is to identify information/knowledge management best practices and effective technology capabilities for nurses.  TIGER's goal is to create and disseminate action plans that can be duplicated within nursing and other multidisciplinary healthcare training and workplace settings.

The TIGER Initiative is working to catalyze a dynamic, sustainable, and productive relationship between the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI), with its 20 nursing informatics professional societies, and the major nursing organizations including the American Nurses Association (ANA), the Association of Nurse Executives (AONE), the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and others which collectively represent over 2,000,000 nurses

Nursing informatics leaders from across the profession are committing their energies to this Initiative, bringing depth and breadth in support of its goals.  Together they planned, organized, and facilitated an invitational summit that brought together major nursing organizations and ANI to address informatics education and practice reform for nursing students and practicing nurses.  TIGER is partnering with these leading organizations to communicate summit findings broadly to the entire nursing community.

The Summit, titled Evidence and Informatics Transforming Nursing, comes at a time when the nation is working full-speed to realize the 10-year goal of electronic health records for its citizens.  This is a critical juncture for the nurses, who comprise 55% of the healthcare workforce.  They must become more involved at every level, or the Informatics Revolution will pass the nursing profession by, to the detriment of healthcare consumers.

The Summit was by invitation only in order to insure representation from all nursing sectors and because participants were required to work on Summit business before, during, and after the Summit.


  • Allow informatics tools, principles, theories and practices to be used by nurses to make healthcare safer, effective, efficient, patient-centered, timely and equitable.
  • Interweave enabling technologies transparently into nursing practice and education, making information technology the stethoscope for the 21st century.

TIGER Expected Outcomes

  • Publish a Summit report, including Summit findings and exemplars of excellence.
  • Establish guidelines for organizations to follow as they integrate informatics knowledge, skills, and abilities into academic and practice settings.
  • Set an agenda whereby the nursing organizations specify what they plan to do to bridge the quality chasm via information technology strategies.

TIGER Team Members

Marion Ball, Ed.D. (Co-Chair, Executive Committee)
Fellow, IBM Global Leadership Initiative Professor
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Diane J. Skiba, Ph.D., FAAN, FACMI (Co-Chair, Executive Committee)
Professor and Option Coordinator, Healthcare Informatics
University of Colorado at Denver School of Nursing and Health Sciences Center

Christel Anderson
Manager, Informatics
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society

Carol J. Bickford, Ph.D., RN, BC
Senior Policy Fellow
American Nurses Association

Helen R. Connors, RN, Ph.D., Dr.PS (Hon), FAAN
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Nursing
Executive Director, KU Center for Healthcare Informatics
University of Kansas

Connie Delaney, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, FACMI (Co-Chair, ANI)
Dean and Professor
School of Nursing
University of Minnesota

Judith V. Douglas, MA, MHS
Adjunct Faculty, Independent Consultant
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Donna DuLong, RN, BSN (Co-Chair, Logistics Committee)
Independent Consultant

Karen Greenwood
Executive Vice President
American Medical Informatics Association

Brian Gugerty, DNS, RN (Chair, Funding Committee)
Clinical Informatician
Siemens Medical Solutions

Patricia Hinton Walker, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Vice President for Nursing Policy, Professor of Nursing
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Melinda Jenkins, Ph.D., FNP
Seton Hall University

Angela Barron McBride, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Distinguished Professor and University Dean Emerita
Indiana University School of Nursing

Teresa McCasky, RN, MBA
Director, Nursing Strategic Product Management
McKesson, Inc.

Debby McKay
Chief Nursing Officer

Carolyn A. Padovano, Ph.D., RN
Vice President, Public Health Strategy and Informatics
MITRE Corporation

Virginia K. Saba, Ed.D, RN, FAAN, FACMI
Distinguished Scholar, Adjunct, Nursing Informatics Center, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Georgetown University; Professor (Adjunct) Advisor, Educational Technologies and Distant Learning, Research Department, Graduate School of Nursing, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Informatics, Educational Technologies, and Home Health System Consultant

Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN, BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSSS (Co-Chair, ANI)
Vice President, Informatics
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society

Patrick Shannon, RN, MS (Co-Chair, Logistics Committee)
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
Chief, Clinical Information Systems
Office of the Surgeon General - Information Management Directorate

Sheryl Taylor, RN, BSN
Nursing Informatics Advisor, Consultant

Michelle Troseth, RN, MSN (Chair, Program Committee)
Vice President, Chief Professional Practice Officer
CPM Resource Center and Eclipsys Corporation

Mary L. Walker
Vice President, HHS Account Manager

Charlotte Weaver, Ph.D.
Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
Cerner Corporation

Bonnie Wesorick, RN, MSN
Founder and President
CPM Resource Center

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