ICT Office Offers Scholarship Program to Generate Specialized ICT Skills for the Industry

Posted at Jul 08, 2013


The Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICT Office) has partnered with the Healthcare Information Management Outsourcing Association of the Philippines (HIMOAP) to implement theMedical Coding and Billing Training and Certification Project as both continue to seek a globally competitive and innovative healthcare information management (HIM) services sector contributing to inclusive growth and employment generation.

 

On the 5th of April, 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the ICT Office and HIMOAP to work on a partnership to coordinate and mobilize activities to strengthen the competitiveness of the HIM industry, through programs in talent development, marketing, research and industry capability. One of the Projects arising from the MOU is the implementation of a project that will help ensure the steady supply of qualified professionals with specific skills in order to sustain the continued growth of said industry. It has been determined therefore that these professionals have to be certified according to globally recognized international standards. With this, both the ICT Office and HIMOAP entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to jointly implement the Medical Coding and Billing Training and Certification Project.


One of the objectives of the Project is to increase the number of medical coding and billing professionals by training them on established HIM-related certification procedures, medical coding concepts, principles, and skills. The Project will also provide the opportunity for the training participants to contribute to the development of the necessary instruments and structures for the country’s medical coding and billing profession. It therefore becomes necessary that the scholars who would be selected must come from the local HIM sector, who will likewise be subjected to the Certified Professional Coders Certification Exam by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), the largest medical coding training and certification association for medical coders and medical coding jobs in the United States.

 

As the rising healthcare cost and unemployment in the United States increasingly puts pressure on the health insurers to come up with strategies to mitigate what would be the negative effects of this scenario, our own HIM sector considers it the best time to leverage this opportunities and position the industry and its players as a provider of such services.  Should these outsourced services be brought to the Philippines, this would potentially create better employment opportunities to thousands of medical and nursing graduates in the Philippines. HIMOAP brings the opportunity to the medical professionals to consider a career in the medical coding and billing field. Such a profession currently monopolized by those in the US can now be enjoyed by their counterparts here in the Philippines.

 

Furthermore, The Medical Coding and Certification Training Project is congruent to a larger program under the signed MOU that is set to launch more future projects as the ICT Office continues to implement its long-term strategy to strengthen and promote the country’s global position in the information technology-business process management (IT-BPM) industry in general, and in particular its high growth segments including healthcare information management outsourcing; finance, accounting and insurance outsourcing; human resources outsourcing; multilingual BPO; IT outsourcing; creative process outsourcing; engineering services outsourcing; and, voice BPO/contact center.

 

Download more information about this program here.

 

About the ICT Office

The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology is the Philippine Government’s lead agency on ICT related matters. Its primary thrusts are in the ICT Industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for all and Cybersecurity.

 

About HIMOAP

The Healthcare Information Management Outsourcing Association of the Philippines is the main proponent for initiatives in the healthcare information management industry in the country related to developing a suitable workforce, pursuing marketing and advocacy campaigns, improving the business environment, conducting information and research, and implementing other programs to improve the industry’s overall global competitiveness.

 

For further information please visit this link (insert Medical Coding and Certification Training Project Announcement). For inquiries, please email executivedirector@himoap.com or call (+632)218-764.

 

 

 


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