With the country’s growing number of healthcare professionals, the Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines (HIMAOP) forecasts a 74 percent growth for the number of full-time employees (FTEs). Job opportunities in the healthcare outsourcing sector are anticipated to be alternatives for the oversupply of nursing graduates and other clinically trained professionals, which in turn can help the industry acquire 100,000 FTEs by 2016.
HIMOAP’s target is 43,000 FTEs by the end of 2012, and as of 2011, 24,700 are already employed in the sector.
Myla Reyes, TTSI Managing Director, said increased spending activity for healthcare was observed in other countries due to reforms that are believed to introduce high-tech solutions and ensure coverage of members. This leads to more prospects, as well as challenges for the health information management (HIM) outsourcing bodies.
HIMOAP explained that HIM outsourcing simplifies real-time healthcare processes and crucial healthcare decision-making in a multi-faceted institution, by way of organization, maintenance, documentation, and analytics of health information. Moreover, it is a way for medical institutions to reduce costs and optimize processes.
Meanwhile, Katheryne Gutierrez, Vice-president for Clinical Quality and Compliance at MediCall Philippines Inc., said HIM outsourcing is a great opportunity for medical and clinical professionals to apply their knowledge and skills. She added that the healthcare outsourcing sector enables them to broaden their range of service since they will be reaching out to other cultures across the globe.