Filipinos seeking to find or switch jobs amid the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) are encouraged to pursue a career in the Healthcare Information Management (HIM) Services, one of the growing Information Technology – Business Process Management (IT-BPM) sectors in the Philippines.

In the online career roadshow hosted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) last 15 July 2020, through its ICT Industry Development Bureau (IIDB), speakers from the industry discussed various opportunities in the HIM services, including contact center roles, clinical operations roles, and applied health IT roles.

“Whether you’re a nurse, medical technologist, pharmacist, whether you’re even a business college degree graduate or even working in accountancy or in  technology or other courses, there are many, many opportunities to grow in healthcare,” said Rogelio Salazar Jr., President of Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines, Inc. (HIMAP).

Industry speakers also discussed the growth of HIM services through the years and the skillsets needed in the industry. Speakers also provided tips on how to grow a career in the HIM services.

“I’d like to emphasize the importance of character, competency, but more so, underlying these is the Filipino trait called malasakit which is what differentiates the Filipino workforce from the rest of the world,” Legato Country Manager Nora Terrado explained. 

To date, there are fifty eight (58) IT-BPM companies offering healthcare HIM Services opportunities in the Philippines.

“The HIM services is an alternative career opportunity and it is growing. Despite the pandemic, it is still growing.“ Ryan Johoa Macalinao, Project Manager at Pointwest, said. 

Interested viewers may still catch the replay of the webinar at the DICT Facebook page.

The DICT has earlier conducted an online career roadshow last 26 June 2020 as part of the month-long observance of the National ICT Month. The webinar focused on the latest job trends and skillsets needed by jobseekers to succeed in the game development and animation industry.

Among the topics discussed include a review of the current state of the country’s workforce and how game development and animation is a viable industry for those looking to shift careers, the process of getting into the game industry and software development, and the radical growth of the E-Sports industry and the demands from the global market.

In addition, speakers shared their experiences and discussed best practices and tips on working in the industry.

The DICT will conduct three (3) more free online career roadshows on IT-BPM industries such as contact center (24 July 2020), global in-house center (29 July 2020), and software industry (05 August 2020).

The DICT-IIDB will also hold a webinar on 22 June 2020 on e-Government Innovations by Local Government Units (LGUs). This is in recognition of the vital role that the Local Government Units play in utilizing ICT for the effective and efficient delivery of public services to communities and businesses. The webinar will also showcase the Digital Governance Awards 2019 Winners sharing their scalable ICT best practices.

The webinars are expected to greatly contribute to the objectives of the Digital Cities Program as certain topics focus on the role of the IT-BPM sector in countryside development.

“We have commenced this webinar series for our students and job-seekers to learn new skills and help advance their careers with modules designed to upskill them for work and professional development,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said. “By empowering our workforce through ICT, we aim to help stimulate economic activity and drive countryside development in support of President Duterte’s directives for the new normal,” he added.

All the webinars are led by the DICT, in partnership with the IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP).