By Jennifer Thew, RN: Those of you attending HIMSS12 this week – beware! There are TIGERs on the loose. Not to be confused with the fercious felines or cereal mascot, these TIGERS support the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform Initative aka TIGER. The mission of this collaborative is to prepare nurses and healthcare professionals to use technology and informatics to improve patient care.
With about 3 million registered nurses in the U.S., RNs are the largest number of healthcare professionals in the country. This also means they’ll likely be the largest group to use and to be affected by new technology. This why groups like TIGER are so important. Nurses need to give input on how informatics and technology impacts their jobs and patient care. If the largest group of end users of healthcare technology aren’t invested and on-board with implementation, we’ll miss out on using these tools to their full potential.