HIM industry Pushed in Negros Occidental
A province-wide conference on healthcare information management (HIM) industry is set this August to aggressively push Bacolod and Negros Occidental as potential locations for HIM-related jobs and investment.
The Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT) in collaboration with Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and MedStar Philippines HealthCare Information Management Corporation will be hosting the 1st Bacolod Healthcare Information Management (HIM) Conference on August 17 and 18, 2017 at SMX Convention Center - Bacolod.
MedStar Philippines specializes in training and placing certified medical coders and billers and has chosen Bacolod to be their first site for training and deployment.
The American Healthcare Information Management Association (AHIMA) defines health information management (HIM) as the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. It is a combination of business, science, and information technology. The conference aims to gather all local stakeholders to scale up the potential of the countryside in attracting HIM jobs, opportunities and investments, and bring everyone on the same page in the area of HIM education and training.
Expected participants for the first day are graduating students from all medical, health and information technology (IT)-related courses. For the second day, invited delegates as various officials from all the municipalities and cities in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod, top level executives from colleges, universities and training institutions, medical, healthcare and IT companies, national and local government executives, real estate developers and other private sector stakeholders.
BNEFIT Executive Director said the event has three major objectives, namely to explore potential synergies in creating innovative platforms for delivering global HIM services; to discover the importance of HIM education to create jobs and investments for countryside development and to create a conducive ecosystem for HIM jobs and investments.
Topics during the event will touch on careers for HIM professionals who will work in a variety of different settings and job titles. According to AHIMA, they often serve in bridge roles, connecting clinical, operational, and administrative functions and affect the quality of patient information and patient care at every touch pointin the healthcare delivery cycle. HIM professionals work on the classification of diseases and treatments to ensure they are standardized for clinical, financial, and legal uses in healthcare. In short, health information professionals care for patients by caring for their medical data.