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Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
6th  August 2016
IMA hails Digital Mission Mode Project of Medical Council of India
 
Medical Council of India (MCI) has initiated the process of implementing e governance through Digital Mission Mode Project (DMMP). IMA has sent a congratulatory letter to President MCI. 
As part of the DMMP, MCI through open tender process has selected a System Integrator M/s Bodhtree Consulting Ltd. & M/s Techinfy Solutions Pvt. Ltd. to design, procure/develop, supply, implement, operate and maintain MCI- DMMP solution for e governance purpose. 

MCI e governance Project will 
  • Provide an on line channel for application to avail the services of MCI 
  • Provide application progress status available online to the applicant
  • Provide a repository of certificates etc for future reference on MCI's website
  • Reduced cost to avail service by the applicant due to reduction in physical travel, availability of e-payment etc. 
  • Monitoring of attendance of faculty of medical colleges
  • Unique ID for each doctor across India 
  • Unified database - "single version of the truth"
  • Improved complaint and grievance redressal
  • Workflow based processing
  • Enhanced and user friendly document management
  •  Availability of MIS and dashboard for management
During the integration process MCI will also be interacting with all the medical colleges in India time & again for quick and full proof e-governance system. 

MCI is also in process of creating details of mandatory & desirable requirements with time lines from the Medical Colleges. 
The project will be driven under strict time lines & continuous monitoring of MCI- E Governance Team by the Office of the Council.
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Underactive thyroid: a marker of heart disease
 
New Delhi, August 05, 2016: Men and women with underactive or overactive thyroid without any symptoms are at an increased risk of heart disease. Silent or "subclinical" thyroid dysfunction" represents a potentially modifiable- risk factor for coronary heart disease.

Quoting a study from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, by Dr. Nicholas Rodondi and published in Annals of Internal Medicine, Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal - President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Honorary Secretary General IMA said that the likelihood of coronary heart disease, heart–related death and death from any cause is higher by 20 percent, 18 percent, and 12 percent, respectively, in subjects with an underactive thyroid without symptoms - also referred to as subclinical hypothyroidism.
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