Top 5 Reasons the Healthcare Industry should Outsource

Top 5 Reasons the Healthcare Industry should Outsource

The global healthcare industry’s interest in outsourcing has grown massively in the recent years due to the industry’s drive to reduce costs while still being able to provide quality healthcare service.

Before, the industry limited their outsourcing to medical data entry and medical transcription. But with the growing awareness that outsourcing has greater benefits for healthcare organizations and hospitals, many are looking into outsourcing healthcare information management systems, clinical research, Big Data, medical billing, and IT needs to keep patient data secured among many others.

According to Jonathan Clarke, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Administration at Penn State University, “Outsourcing is something we should think about, especially when it fuels efficiency and expands access to healthcare, but we need to be intelligent about it so as not to put patient safety at risk.” He also stated that around 90% of the hospitals in the Unites States are outsourcing some services particularly radiology service.

We list down five reasons the healthcare industry should think more about outsourcing their non-medical operations:

1.     Critical mistakes are avoided.

According to Tom Lowery in his article entitled 8 Ways Outsourcing Can Help Hospitals and Patients, US hospitals leave about $125 billion on the table each year because of poor medical billing practices. He adds that 80% of medical bills contain errors. One factor that contributes to this is that some hospitals are not updated with currently changing billing rules and regulations. With outsourcing, healthcare organizations can have a dedicated team of trained professionals that focuses on billing purposes.

2.     Reduced training costs.

Healthcare organizations that outsource their processes don’t also need to worry about shelling out extra money for education, software or staff training since the outsourcing partner sees to it that their employees are up to date with the latest changes in standards and regulations.

3.     Access to expert and trained professionals.

There is no need to spend time in finding trained professionals for healthcare processes because they will be ready to take on the job as soon as an outsourcing partner is signed in. Employee acquisition and retention isn’t also a concern anymore since these will be handled by the outsourcing partner.

4.    More time to focus on giving quality patient care.

With an outsourcing partner taking care of looking for a healthcare organization’s staff and training them, healthcare providers will be able to focus on the more important things in the business – in this case, giving the best quality of care for patients. Outsourcing will help providers to lessen their tedious administrative and managing workload, and allow them to provide a positive patient care experience and improve on it as well.

5.    Save on cost without compromising quality of business.

The biggest advantage of outsourcing healthcare services is the reduced costs in healthcare operations. Outsourcing brings in huge savings with its low cost manpower and infrastructure. Healthcare outsourcing can help save companies 30-60% of costs. Aside from taking care of staff acquisition and retention, having an outsourcing partner also reduces excess administrative costs since the direct benefit of outsourcing is financial surge.

Philippines is Top Healthcare Outsourcing Destination

In the next few years, the Philippines is set to become the top healthcare outsourcing destination thanks to its massive qualified workforce, infrastructure and technology. The country’s outsourcing industry has grown over the recent years and is forecasted to hit $2.4 billion in revenue in 2016.

“The Philippines right now, with the way you’ve been able to show how successful you can be with other industries with BPO and other areas, healthcare is the industry where you could play the mark of the world leader,” said public sector and healthcare leader at PricewaterhousCoopers (PWC) Southeast Asia Consulting.

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Written by Jeff De Jesus

Jeff De Jesus

With his exposure to the outsourcing industry since 2003, Jeff was able to share and implement his leadership insights with respect to managing business process accounts, particularly in the healthcare department. Jeff has also taken part in assessing the fundamentals of the company’s operational processes, utilizing his experience as an Operations Manager across different verticals, identifying and executing methods that can improve the quality of workflow in the company. Jeff’s experience is not only limited to the Healthcare solutions as his capability in handling Customer Support is also mirrored in the successes that the company has achieved.

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Comments

  1. Alisa Addison says

    Thanks Jeff for the post. This blog is very informative as it describes the importance of healthcare outsourcing. Healthcare bpo would help healthcare industry to solve problems like manage aged account follow-up, identify problem payer categories, assess complete accounts receivable etc.

  2. Chuck Sanders says

    Great information, but regional IT hubs that are organizationally specific are failing on analytics and closed loop communication. I fail to see how taking the collective perspective with so many vendors in their infancy and barely ready for ICD 10 or even MU stage 3 – whenever that unicorn comes out of hiding. We, as Informaticist should look at what top performers are doing /using in France or other top performing countries and maybe we can get healthcare in the US above the 25th in the WHO rankings first.

  3. Steffen Westlund says

    Good information. Outsourcing healthcare helps health care providers to reduce their tedious management and administrative workload, while focusing their attention on high-quality patient care.

  4. Kylie Dotts says

    I like how you said that you wouldn’t have to worry about finding trained professionals because all would be provided by the service. Getting clinical transcription services or other agents would be really easy by simply hiring someone to do those services for you. That way you could stay focused on other parts of what you do.

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