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Omega Medical Coding Academy (OMCA) aims to train 1,500 aspirants over the next six months to become medical coders

The offshored healthcare services sector has been witnessing an exponential growth with medical coding being one of the fastest-growing career options for students of life sciences in India. Currently in its 5th year since inception, Omega Medical Coding Academy (OMCA) plans to have an intake and training for 1,500 students over the next six months, across Chennai, Trichy and Bengaluru.

OMCA, set up by Bengaluru-headquartered Omega Healthcare, provides a certificate course in medical coding to life sciences graduates who are willing to make a career in the field of medical coding. The 45-day course is conducted by certified instructors who have rich industry knowledge.Mr. Satya Gopal Kalluri, VP & Head – Technical Training, Quality, Operational Excellence and OMCA said, “With the increasing demand for medical coders in the healthcare industry, we are planning to intake 1,200 – 1,500 trainees across locations to cater to this growing demand. In the last four years we have trained nearly 4,000 students of which more than 2,000 were absorbed by Omega. The course is designed with a lot of soft skill training which is essential for young graduates fresh out of college.”

Along with training in medical coding, OMCA also provides counselling and placement support to students to provide them seamless entry into the industry. The academy has been a major creator of quality medical coders as the students also get to work in real-time scenarios giving them a much needed industry exposure.

For students with life sciences background, such as Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Zoology, as well as pharmacists, physiotherapists and nurses, medical coding is a respected and remunerative profession with opportunities only increasing every year. They would be entering the fastest-developing field in the outsourced business segment of the healthcare industry.

The global healthcare BPO market is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 10.7 per cent from USD 113.2 billion in 2013 to USD 188.9 billion by 2018, noted a recent ASSOCHAM-EY joint study. With the growing demand for medical coding in the coming years, the need for medical coders will keep rising.