‘HIMS’ industry eyeing to add 34,000 workers in next 2 years

The global healthcare information technology industry is estimated to be growing at a steady 10-percent year-on-year growth and is expected to hit $162 billion in 2015. A huge portion of this goes to outsourced healthcare information management and leading the charge is the United States.

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Such rosy figures opens up opportunities for the Philippines to provide more specialized outsourced services for the healthcare information management outsourcing services (HIMS) sector.

Presently, areas of growth include the establishment of several providers, as well as providing high-level specialized services catering to specific requirements in the healthcare industry.

However, the HIMS industry in the Philippines is still challenged by the absence of the necessary talent pool that would fill ever-growing requirements. So far, the industry currently has nearly 66,000 people employed.

“The requirements are still growing and we need to keep up with demand. There’s a lot of untapped resources in the Philippines and we’re doing our best to reel them in,” according to Dr. Penny Lauchangco, president of the Healthcare Information Management Outsourcing Association of the Philippines (Himoap).

“We’re aiming to have 100,000 people in this sector in 2016,” Lauchangco said, as she underscored the need to build partnerships with private and government institutions to build up the manpower needed.

She identified Himoap as the institution taking the charge in developing the country’s HIMS industry and supplying the human resource capacity for the Philippines.

One of their latest activities of the group is a partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) wherein scholarship grants will be given to qualified students who would want to build a career in the HIMS sector.

“The organization has also been busy with the Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology with its ‘Next Wave Cities’ campaign, to draw more attention to HIMS from both potential workforce and also investors,” she said.

To meet its goals, the group is organizing the first Career Orientation seminar, a one-day event that would provide a chance for students, school administrators, and even parents in the tertiary level to further understand what the HIMS sector is and why it is a viable career alongside the medical field.

Supporting the event are executives from Tesda and the Philippine Nurses Association.

“We acknowledge the fact that many still think HIMS is just being part of a call center. On the contrary, it is applying one’s medical expertise in establishing a systematic approach in healthcare services. Jobs here medically oriented and that is exactly what we have in the Philippines that we need to tap,” explained Lauchangco.

The Career Orientation seminar is part of the upcoming Healthcare Information Management Services Conference 2014, to be held on August 28 at the Peninsula Manila Hotel in Makati City.

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