Exciting job opportunities in healthcare information management abound — HIMOAP (Feature)

September 7, 2011 9:19 pm 

By Lily O. Ramos

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MANILA, Sept. 6 (PNA) — Thousands of jobless nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, radiologists and graduates of other medical-related courses need not despair anymore.

The fact is they face an exciting future with growing job demands in the healthcare information management (HIM) because of business process outsourcing (BPO) coming from North America (the United States and Canada), the European Continent and Asia as well.

This was explained by BPO experts at the Healthcare Information Management Outsourcing Association of the Philippines Inc. (HIMOAP) press launch Tuesday at the New World Hotel in Makati City.

The rapid progress of the HIM industry such as medical transcription will diminish the exodus of medical force in the country as offshore processing strengthens the Philippines' reputation in the BPO field.

Healthcare offshoring is a more than US$ 13-billion annual industry that is rapidly growing segment of the health servicing market globally.

The country has been at it since 1994 when it earned US$ 94 million. In 2010, it provided employment for 14,000 medical transcriptionists, notably in North America, the United Kingdom and Asia-Pacific, which comprise 85 percent of the country's market.

Other jobs available are revenue cycle management or administrative side of clinics and healthcare information management.

The HIM industry looks forward to giving medical graduates more relevant alternative to practicing their medical courses which is full and deemed to have an oversupply while using their medical credentials as part of the new growing workforce.

"The Philippines is currently the second largest BPO service provider in the world and the top choice for BPO investors, including the supply of highly competent information technologists (IT) and English proficient talents, comparably low cost investment tool and less stringent investment policies imposed by the Philippine government," said Commissioner Monchito Ibrahim of the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) under the Department of Science and Technology.

HIMOAP president Myra Rose Reyes told media practitioners, "The Philippines has an adequate and competent pool of medical solution to the unemployed and underemployed healthcare workers in the country, particularly in medical transcription alone which is now getting a significant attention from the U.S. market as they are currently undergoing a major healthcare reformation."

Reyes added that the HIM industry wishes to discuss more of what it can offer to investors, current job players and seekers and what can be done to ease joblessness to sustain the business growth of such industry on September 15, during the Healthcare Information Management Outsourcing Services Congress (HIMOSC) at the New World Hotel.

Those interested to attend the 2011 HIMOS Congress may visit www.himoap.com or contact BrandspeakAsia, the HIMOS secretariat at 501-5090 for further details. (PNA) <br>scs/LOR

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