HIMSS TIGER Global Informatics Definitions

Reviewing global health informatics definitions

The HIMSS TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Initiative’s Global Informatics Definitions define core health informatics terminology. The carefully selected definitions provide context to the TIGER interprofessional community for consideration when terms are referred to in TIGER resources, in official documents and within the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment. 

This document seeks to be inclusive of global terminology needs within the informatics field. As the TIGER community and healthcare workforce continue to grow and expand on a global scale, it is important to include definitions relating to informatics that extend beyond geographic borders and regions. Therefore, it is necessary to include varying terms referenced for similar concepts applied locally, regionally and nationally to maximize the integration of informatics into seamless practice, education, research and resource development on a global level.

This document was last updated in July 2020 by the TIGER International Task Force, who reviewed the previous version, infused new definitions and concepts, reconfirmed sources, and verified the currency of the definitions. We acknowledge that as the field of informatics continues to mature, so will the terms defined within this document. As the field evolves, our intention is to have this resource mirror those changes to serve as a helpful reference tool for those learning about both informatics and informatics competencies.

Healthcare, medicine, computer science and informatics continue to develop and evolve, requiring the thoughtful reflection of if and how the discipline has changed and the evaluation of its tools and scope. Today, healthcare has embraced artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, blockchain, clinical decision support, robotics, digital health and more. It is from this vantage point that the definitions of the various health informatics disciplines were reviewed—and will continue to be reviewed as the intersection of science, technology and the healing arts continues to evolve.

If you have a term you think should be included in the HIMSS TIGER Global Informatics Definitions, please email us with your suggestions.

Originally published October 28, 2019; updated October 18, 2021