Review of HIMAP (Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines)
The culture of care is intrinsic in the Filipino people, so much so that the Philippine economy benefits greatly from it. This is evidenced by how Filipinos around the world excel in the field of healthcare, but it can also be seen in how the country maintains its position as a preferred destination for healthcare information management services (HIMS).
HIMS continues to be one of the top performing and employment-generating sectors of the country’s information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) industry. It employs over 120,000 fulltime employees who are involved in managing and processing healthcare data. These jobs deal with analytics and fraud management and claims settlement and management, and the resulting information is utilized in clinics, doctors’ offices, hospitals, insurance companies, and other organizations that provide healthcare-related services.
The Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines or HIMAP is a collective body that voices the concerns and addresses the needs of this growing and evolving IT-BPM industry sector.
About the HIMAP
The Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines represents the Philippine HIMS sector in the global market, and it brands and markets the Philippines as a preferred outsourcing destination for this particular IT-BPM sector.
To make this vision a reality, the HIMAP serves as an active proponent of plans, programs, and projects that aim to develop and nurture best practices in people, technology, and processes related to healthcare information management services. By adhering to the highest standard of healthcare documentation services in the global market and by helping create an environment where members are empowered to achieve the highest professional standards in the industry, the organization believes that it can contribute to the economic growth of the country.
Looking Back at HIMAP’s History
Throughout its history, the HIMAP has gone through a lot of changes, particularly in its name. The organization was first registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission in October 16, 2003 under the name Medical Transcription Industry Association of the Philippines, Inc. or MTIAPI. During this period, the MTIAPI brought together distinguished and active players in the healthcare information management documentation outsourcing industry and united them under a common goal: to serve the needs of HIMS organizations, training centers, and vendors.
As a reflection of the tremendous growth of the industry it represents, MTIAPI changed its name to Healthcare Information Management Outsourcing Association of the Philippines or HIMOAP in August 2010. Later, the word ‘outsourcing’ was taken out of the organization’s name and the group was finally called Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines.
Programs, Events, and Projects
The HIMAP hosts various events and activities that cater to the needs of HIMS centers, training providers, and vendors and suppliers related to the industry. These include:
Healthcare Information Management Services Conference (HIMSCON). Every year, the HIMAP holds the Healthcare Information Management Services Conference or HIMSCON, a gathering of HIMS centers, training institutions, vendors, and the larger business community. During the conference, attendees and speakers discuss the current trends in healthcare system and solutions and how they disrupt the healthcare industry. The HIMSCON features presentations from domain leaders and industry experts, panel discussions with top industry executives, as well as an exhibit of vendors and support service providers. Forward-looking as the event may be, the HIMSCON also devotes time to look back at the year’s achievements and examine the factors that affect the positioning of the Philippines as a leading HIMS destination.
Quarterly General Membership Meeting. While the HIMSCON is well attended by industry players, HIMAP’s quarterly general membership meeting is exclusive to the group’s members. The general meeting is for inducting new HIMAP members and discussing issues that are of interest to the group, such as the future and challenges of having office spaces in Manila. Significant time is also spent discussing and developing key organization projects, such as the benefits and issues that accompany the growth of the country’s New Wave Cities.
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How to Join HIMAP
There are 3 membership types in HIMAP. The first type is general membership, which is open to any duly registered corporation, partnership, or single proprietorship that operates any business concerned with healthcare information management documentation. Second is associate membership, which is open to any duly registered corporation, partnership, or single proprietorship that is engaged in healthcare information management training, as well as any educational institution that provides HIM-related transcription courses. The third and last type, affiliate membership, can be divided into 2 subtypes: individual membership for individuals employed by the companies under general membership, and corporate, which is open to vendors that provide products or services intended for the medical transcription industry.
To join, the applicant should fill out the application form, which can be downloaded on the HIMAP website, and submit it along with the company’s SEC Registration or DTI Certificate. The HIMAP also requires the company’s business profile, board of directors, annual revenue, and other pertinent information.
A Brighter Future for the IT-BPM Industry
Together with the Philippine government, the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), and other organizations that are promoting the IT-BPM industry in the country, the HIMAP is putting a lot of effort into achieving the goals set in the IT-BPM Roadmap 2016-2022. Among the goals it hopes to accomplish in the next few years are directly employing 1.5 million personnel, which will bring the total number of direct and indirect employees under the IT-BPM industry to 7.6 million. Of these numbers, 73% are in mid- to high-level positions and 500,000 are based outside the National Capital Region. At the same time, the IT-BPM industry hopes to bring in USD 40 billion in revenue and take as much as 15% of the global IT-BPM market share.
A lot of work needs to be done to reach these numbers, and the HIMAP is making every effort to grow its membership and contribute to the challenging tasks ahead. By sharing best practices, offering professional support, and enabling its members to understand and respond to the changing needs of the industry, the HIMAP is on the right track to reaching its goals.