Launched only three months ago, the Medical Transcription Course offered by the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center of the Provincial Government yesterday churned out its pioneering batch of 24 graduates, who are mostly registered nurses.
At the graduation ceremonies attended by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, industry leaders cited the prospects awaiting the medical transcription sector that is expected to be a $20 billion industry in the wake of the Obama Health Care Program otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act that reforms the health insurance industry and the American health care system as a whole.
The Med Trans program at NOLITC was launched by Marañon and Lacson on July 15. Classes took off on August 7, 2013.
Atty. Japhet Masculino, head of the Capitol’s Economic Enterprise Development Department, citing industry figures, said that currently, at least 50,000 Filipinos are gainfully employed in the Med Trans sector, a non-voice BPO, whose demand is expected to shore up to 100,000 more by 2016.
The Med Trans industry in the United States, he said, is still considered an empty industry, adding that if the Philippine labor sector is able to corner even just 10 percent for the short term, it will translate to about $2 billion.
Dr. Arnulfo “Jun” Seares, owner of the Pronto Medics Transcription that currently employs 120 medical transcriptionists locally, supported Masculino’s projections, saying that with the Obamacare, doctors in the United States are expected to double the number of patients they normally attend to.
Consequently, Seares explained, this results to more medical records being dictated by physicians, medical clinics and hospitals, and they need to be transformed into Word documents by the medical transcriptionists.
Compliance by the medical industry is a must as they will be periodically audited under the Obama Care Act, otherwise, each violator may be fined by as much as $20,000 if their records are not transformed into Word documents, Seares added.
The good side to the Med Trans labor force is that workload can be done at home, so they can still be with their family, attend to their daily routine as they await the voice or audio file that the office will send them by mail that’s when they can start work, said Seares, whose local company has set up a joint venture, to be known as Rapid Transcripts.com, with Florida-based Justin Cole.
Rapid Transcripts is ready to take off as soon as the company website construction is completed, he added.
Six members of the 33rd batch of NOLITC graduates are already working as medical transcriptionists, while the rest are expected to report yesterday afternoon at Pronto Medics for screening, said Dr. Ma. Cristina Basa-Orbecido, head of NOLITC.
Orbecido said that 100 percent of the graduates have also passed their National Competency Assessment Examinations for new medical transcriptionists conducted by the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority, the provincial government program partner at NOLITC.
Marañon also confirmed that General Transcription and Legal Transcription courses as well as Animation in the near future are already in the pipeline and NOLITC is in the process of finalizing plans for the proposed new offerings.
At the same time, Marañon congratulated the graduates, who, he said, should set an example to the succeeding batches. “This is just the start; the beginning. Whatever shortcomings we have, we will correct them to further improve the program. This industry will not only help the Negros economy but of the entire Philippines. This will help address poverty as it gives hundreds of jobs,” Marañon pointed out.
The roster of the pioneering batch of medical transcriptionists, who completed the 45-day course under NOLITC and the Governor’s Training for Work Scholarship Program, included Dolly Abong, Shari Ann Albay, Leahmar Amaca, Marissa Tracy Ansula, Randy Peacita, Jairis Bayoneta, Rommel Manuel Bolivar, Rachel Ann Borcillo, Aimee Abba Cala-or, Juvic May Chuanico;
Joemel Elaco, Marilyn Golez, Loren Pearl Lauren, Junalyn Lindugan, Sarah Joy Logrunio, Jennifer Maligaya, Joanna Marie Manuel, Katrina Charmaine Ortiz, Reides Rafil, Desiree Rato,Joleen Marie Regalado, Patricia Torrechilla, Paola Ema Villanueva and Janice Villaroman.
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