What Do They Do With All Those Nurses?

The mid 2010s found the nursing industry in bad shape. The sudden collapse of the nursing market left many either unemployed or taking jobs below their specialization. Nurses in the Philippines had to adjust as work opportunities promised abroad were slowly shut down as local hospitals and clinics had been filled to the brim all over the country.

Nursing graduates in later years had to scramble to find alternative careers, or getting further degrees unrelated to their practice. Then there are those who moonlighted or worked other professions to pass the time by until a new opportunity comes along.

In Iloilo City, nurses often end up working as call center agents. Most would take tech support night shifts to free up their day for volunteer work. Because they are trained in patient care, they are a preferable choice for employers when it comes to rough customers and the inevitable stress that comes with the profession. While not many are particularly fluent in English, they are capable of gradually building up this skill. While a few do end going back to the practice of nursing, some who enjoy the work would rather stay and build their careers there.


The Best Nursing Schools in the Philippines

June 2016 saw the birth of over 6,000 nurses in the Philippines as the Nursing Licensure Exam’s results were finally released. Never a dull moment, the release of nursing results is always a grand spectacle in the Philippines, home to several dozen nursing schools across its many islands. A whopping 14,200 nursing graduates took said exam but only about 42% of which were able to pass and earn the coveted title. Much of it has to do with the schools that help you achieve such a dream. What are the best nursing schools in the Philippines?

Ateneo and its many charters across the Philippines is one of the more consistent nursing schools that have continuously produced licensure exam passers through the years. Considered to be an ‘Ivy League’ School, Ateneo de Zamboanga was capable of garnering an 84.62% passing rate. Far Eastern University, another prestigious school that has never been shy of its achievements, received an 86.14% passing rate. Bicol University-Legazpi, one of the smaller schools in the Philippines came through with 89.02% of its takers going on to be nurses. Universidad de Santa Isabel had a 93.02% passing rate, an impressive number for a considerably small school. De la Salle University achieved a 95.92% passing rate. Velez College scored 97.87%. While many of these schools are newcomers to the top 10 list, many of them have been consistent in staying within the top 20 or top 30 through the years. 


Telemedicine in the Philippines Today

telemedicineTechnology in the form of the Internet has allowed humankind to break the barriers of time and space. On a daily basis, people from all over the world communicate in cyberspace, exchanging ideas and thoughts as though they were simply in a conversation spanning thousands of miles. This technological advancement has allowed for businesses, advocacies, and professions to flourish over the years. One such example is telemedicine.

Telemedicine is a relatively new term. Essentially, it is that power of technology to allow people to consult with doctors online – albeit, an all too succinct description. This allows for a wide array of different features. Firstly, telemedicine happens in present time through the Internet. This is basically communication with one another person halfway around the world in present time near instantaneously. Patients may avail of their doctor’s advice and opinions without the hassle of going to the clinic, waiting for an appointment, and talking it out. Telemedicine allows for all that through a computer screen. (more…)

If I Were a Nurse, Where Would I Be?

if i were a nurse where would i beIn the Philippines, the early 2000’s were home to an influx of the young and old into the profession of nursing. Almost every Filipino family had one child schooling to be a nurse. Why do you ask is that?

Nursing is one of the most difficult jobs in the world. It requires a mental, physical, and emotional resilience that is uncommon to most other professions outside of the medical field. Nurses are highly regarded as technical professionals all over the world; not many would take the career choice lightly. Filipinos however saw the opportunity as a means of getting out of the country, working abroad for a larger salary, and being better able to contribute to the family by sending money home – hence the overnight surge. But what if money was no object? (more…)

What is a Virtual Medical Office Assistant?

virtual-medical-office-assistantOffice assistants are crucial to any serious business. As a professional, your focus is the work and not the tasks that come with maintaining a business. A Virtual Medical Office Assistant can help you with all of your office needs – but how exactly?

At Xilium, we make sure to hire only registered nurses for Virtual Medical Office Assistants. Nurses are more familiar than non-nurses with the processing patients, terminology, and other procedures involved. As nurses, they require minimal supervision and training. They are assisted by a professional support team in the Philippines. Their experience and knowhow ensure clarity in your discussions and quality in your practice.


What Can Virtual Medical Assistants Do for Healthcare Professionals?

Physicians, owners, and managers juggle many areas within their practice. Every day they alleviate pain, comfort patients and sometimes even handle emergencies. This is part and parcel of caring for and attending to their patients.

A practice manager works with a team to provide good care for their patients but rising workforce costs, inflexible staffing, and high overhead are challenges to the practice’s success. Virtual Medical Assistants (VMAs) are an option to integrate into your team and provide you with greater profits and a surprising level of professionalism.


“…rising workforce costs, inflexible staffing, and high overhead are challenges to the practice’s success…”

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10 Helpful Terms to Learn for New Virtual Medical Assistants

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Having earned a degree in nursing, I have found it easy to understand the jargon of the medical field. Apparently, not all newbie virtual medical assistants are nurses, and in the outsourcing business, there are terminologies that require effort to learn so as not to be confused when these are added to medical terms. Working as a professional nurse in a healthcare institution is a totally different atmosphere from the online world.

Almost a month ago, I began to work as a VMA. I was in awe with the things bombarded at me. I needed to familiarize myself with all the applications, programs, and sites related to work. I needed speed and accuracy in data encoding. These have become challenging for me although I have done similar things when I was still working at a hospital.

How a Virtual Medical Assistant from the Philippines Can Help with Patient Education

Patient education is an important factor in improving the quality of your patients’ lives. As medical providers, you need to emphasize the importance of self-management and self-care. Considering the involvement of your medical virtual assistants from the Philippines to promote patient engagement in their healthcare regimen is a brilliant idea.

As medical professionals, you need balance between your time for work and personal life. When you find almost drowning in your workload, your virtual medical assistants are fully committed to mitigate your multiple tasks. You can always tap their professional skills in boosting patient education. Learn how to maximize the roles of your VMAs in the Philippines.

Here are five reasons your VMAs’ involvement is helpful and useful in educating your patient:

Virtual Medical Assistant Qualities that Affect the Medical Practice

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VMAs equipped with exceptional qualities can cope with the trends of the medical profession. They handle the delegated tasks that you – the medical practitioner – neither have the experience nor the time for doing. As the medical provider, you need to understand other factors that affect the work habits of your virtual medical assistants (VMAs).

VMAs support the growth of your medical practice. By providing high quality services, your VMAs take part in the improvement of your medical profession; so, you better maximize their good qualities.

Learn about how these intangible factors positively affect your medical practice:

VMAs work with passion. There is no doubt about your VMAs’ passion for work. They know exactly why they come on time for work; why they help your patients; and why they do tedious, time-consuming administrative and back office support. They visualize the bigger picture.

They make sure that they address your patients’ needs to the best of their ability. For instance, explaining to patients the things needed to be done prior their appointment could help them save time, remembering that the first meeting is always crucial.

Virtual Medical Assistants: Key to Successful Healthcare Service


This is the continuation of a two-part blog about the benefits of hiring virtual medical assistants for your medical practice. For this part, we are going to tackle how medical VAs prove to contribute in the mobility of healthcare services by utilizing different medical-related softwares or applications. This will also discuss how VMAs of Xilium make use of their skills and traits in accomplishing assigned tasks.]


A Medical Assistant contributes to successful healthcare services workflow.

Productivity is a key to a smooth business workflow. Knowing our motivations and priorities, we equip ourselves with the right skills and traits to be excellent VMAs for our provider. For only a few months, we have helped our clients with several administrative and customer responsibilities.