Health-care outsourcing: 100,000 jobs by 2016

By Max V. de Leon, BusinessMirror

Posted at Sep 05 2012 07:48 AM | Updated as of Sep 05 2012 10:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The country’s burgeoning health-care outsourcing industry is expecting a 74-percent growth in the number of its full-time employees (FTEs) this year, making it a viable alternative for job-seeking graduates of nursing and other medical-related courses.

The Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines (Himoap) said on Tuesday that the industry is seeing strong growths in the coming years, and it is likely that health-care outsourcing will have 100,000 FTEs by 2016.

Last year Himoap said the industry employed 24,700 individuals. “Himoap aims to have 43,000 full-time employees by the end of this year.”

“Increasing health-care spending is driving countries to create health reforms that will not only ensure additional coverage to members, but also introduce technology solutions such as electronic health records. These trends are now offering a wide range of opportunities, as well as challenges for HIM outsourcing firms,” Myla Reyes, managing director of TTSI, said.

Katheryne Gutierrez, vice president for Clinical Quality and Compliance at MediCall Philippines Inc., said graduates of medical-related courses can put their medical knowledge to good use in HIM outsourcing while satisfying their investment in education.

“In health-care outsourcing, you are not limited to the patients you see as when you’re working in hospitals. You reach out to the world, and that makes the job more gratifying,” she said.

HIM outsourcing, Himoap said, generally involves organization, maintenance, documentation and analytics of health information in order to facilitate real-time health-care delivery and critical health-related decision-making for multiple purposes across diverse organizations, settings and disciplines.

It allows medical institutions to save on costs and improve efficiency in their services.

Gutierrez, a registered nurse, said the industry also offers opportunities even to non-graduates of medical-related courses.

She said Himoap, a non-stock, non-profit organization that aims to make the Philippines the leading destination for health-care outsourcing, conducts career-development programs and workshops alongside government agencies to help boost the talent pool for this sector.

In November Himoap will gather industry stakeholders for the 3rd Healthcare Information Management Outsourcing Services Congress to highlight career opportunities and the enormous potential of the sector.