Space Capsule that was showcased at the InnoTech Expo held last October. It is an innovative instrument package develop by local experts using new technology. The Space Capsule is develop by Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and consists of different diagnosis instruments’; including facial and tongue image collector, pulse image collector; sound collector; and human-machine interactive dialogue system.
Interactive dialogue system
The information previously collected by human doctors can now be collect by machine and consolidated by a diagnosis system which can then automatically generate a health status report. A Chinese medicine practitioner can then carry out diagnosis according to the report. The profound theories of Chinese medicine have a long history.
They contain a wealth of information, including tongue image, pulse image; acupuncture points, and the composition and application of millions of Chinese herbal medicines. The Space Capsule can analyze the four kinds of health data collected via machine because it combines traditional Chinese medicine theories; artificial intelligence, big data, and computer technology for identifying health problems in a more effective and efficient manner.
Chinese medicine theories
In China, the adoption of advanced technologies has promised to push down the medical expense while also improving the quality of patient care. According to McKinsey; a global consultancy, by 2030, digital technology can contribute up to 45 percent of revenue within China’s healthcare industry.
There are a lot of digital initiatives taking place. For example; last year, an operator of a government-backed telemedicine organization, Shanghai Century Hengkang Medicial (Consulting), launched a new online platform for hospitals in Shanghai to promote digital in the healthcare sector.
The platform, empowered by cloud computing, can better align hospitals across the nation and overseas to assist remote diagnosis; enable sharing of digital records and conduct online training of clinical staff. The platform aims to cover more than 3,000 public hospitals, or 70 percent of the nation’s total by 2022; according to the operator.
In Hong Kong, smart technology has long been widely apply in western medicine and has recently been incorporate in the research of Chinese medicine. In 2016, The Hong Kong Institute of Integrative Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong launched an integrative medicine pilot program using big data algorithm, which analyzed the data of a large number of patients through modern technology and then evaluated the effectiveness of individual medication.
Effectiveness of individual medication
The program targeted multiple sclerosis patients who were assign to receive appropriate treatment in Chinese and western medicine. The effectiveness would then be evaluate. In her Policy Address last year, Chief Executive Carrie Lam confirmed the positioning of Chinese medicine in Hong Kong’s medical services.