by: Sarah Joson
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | Outsourcing News |
According to Fe Agoncillo-Reyes, assistant secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), a New York-based company, Aetna Insurance, has a unit in the Philippines called EXL Service Philippines. This company, which started out with 250 nurses at an office in SM Mall of Asia, is now looking to hire 1,000 nurses to provide basic clinical support like assessing and approving insurance claims. Other services include calling home-care patients based in the US.
The healthcare BPO sector provided jobs to 14,000 healthcare professionals in 2010, and produced $102 million in revenue, an 11% increase from 2009. Today, medical transcription is no longer the solitary work available in the healthcare BPO sector according to the Healthcare Information Management Outsourcing Association of the Philippines (formerly Medical Transcription Industry Association of the Philippines Inc.), Reyes added.
In line with this, the sector is preparing for the increasing demand for healthcare services in the United States due to changes in US healthcare regulations.
On the other hand, Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) reported that the Philippine IT-BPO industry grew 26 percent in 2010 to $8.9 billion and employed 525,000 professionals. BPAP also projected a 15% baseline increase in the next few years. The projection would then account for 900,000 total direct jobs, 1.7 million indirect jobs, and $20 billion in revenues.
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