Davao transcription sector gets boost from new US law

Apr. 17, 2010

DAVAO CITY—The local transcription sector is set to benefit from the recently approved healthcare law of the United States.

Lizabel Holganza, president of ICT Davao Incorporated, the umbrella organization of all information and communication technology groups in the city, explained that the US healthcare law is expected to broaden health insurance coverage by making it available to those with pre-existing conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.

Before this law, Americans were insured by private companies and most of these companies denied coverage to citizens with the above health problems.

As the US insures uninsured people who were not able to get coverage because of their health conditions, employment opportunities in the field of medical transcription will be made available to more Filipinos.

To seize this opportunity, the Davao transcription sector is bent of moving up the value chain. It has seen the need to go beyond basic data entry into more complex areas like medical coding and billing and health insurance processing.

The Transcription Alliance of Davao (Tadi) is now working in conjunction with the Medical Transcription Industry of the Philippines Inc (Mtiapi) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Agency (Tesda) to develop competency and assessment standards for the health information resource pool.

Tadi recently received subsidy to send two scholars to a medical coding and billing program conducted by Mtiapi. These trainors are now assisting the sector’s human resources development efforts by running training sessions for Davao’s transcriptionists. (PIA XI)

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