Researchers from the Hefei Institutes of Physical Science (HFIPS) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have developed a new model to have an early look at people's health.
This model is in effect a one-stop service for physical examination, chronic disease risk evaluation and targeted exercise guidelines, all of which can be done through a series of smart health equipment placed at the center called "Smart Health Station", within the community reach.
Aiming at the health problems rising in fast-growing modern society, the R&D team at the Institute of Intelligent Machines of HFIPS leveraged their expertise in both health theory and smart health science and technology to extend their role from as many-year provider of health service for athletes to "health guard" for ordinary people, building comprehensive and systematic health service with a full chain from physical examination, risk evaluation to daily medical consultant.
It took efforts of the whole team to complete the station construction under the grant support of the Science and Technology Service Network Initiative of CAS.
Health Alert, An Early Warning of Risk Factors
When we develop some symptoms that we are aware of, we go to doctors for medical consultation and hospitals for further physical examination if needed and sometimes, unfortunately, we may be diagnosed with some chronic disease then we have to receive treatment during which we may suffer a lot.
What if several years ago when you were fit but someone told you the risk factors behind of some diseases or identified some unhealthy factors in your daily routine? What do you think of it? And what will you do?
The team tried to bring this idea into reality.
They made "health alert" by sending an early warning of some common chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, and stroke, etc., to people who have received series of physical examinations and then some risk factors beneath could be identified.
Besides the risk factors of having chronic diseases, the equipment can also tell the examination receiver's unhealthy points that should be paid attention to in almost all aspect of daily routine, like the life style, emotion, pressure and sleep, etc.
Early warning can be realized, according to the team, based on a risk early warning model that was made on artificial intelligence and big data processing to ensure its high precision.
Health Consultant, A Tailored Guidance for Different Receivers
An only-for-you guidance, what does it mean?
It means that after series of examination, you can receive a "You want to know about your health" report that is a tailored guidance generated automatically about which hospital department or which specialist you should ask for further consultant, which aspect of your life style should be modified, how do you take daily exercise in a correct way, how is your emotion status and do you have a healthy sleep and how is your sleep, etc.
Reality is always more complicated than you can imagine, so does physical status of different people. It is not that easy to get the machine to generate an accurate health report for people with different health status.
To tackle this problem, the team used their years of expertise in information technology to make personalized guidance based on the MultiModal data like physical data, risk factors etc., that have been collected in the smart equipment and processed by the system.
DIY, A Quick and Easy Test Done on Your Own
The best medical consultant is the consultant at your hand and getting the answer yourself. To provide users a better experience, the team put all the effort during the developing procedures to enable a quick and easy access to examination equipment.
Under the collaborative support from local government and organizations, the team has placed their smart equipment in the community health center so that the residents do not have to go to the crowed big general hospitals for taking examinations.
Resident ID card is the only thing needed for the examination which could been done all by yourself with a whole finishing time around 40 minutes.
Daily Service, A Continuing Service Even After the End of Examination
When you finish all the examination and you get your health report, you leave the Smart Health Station, you may think of it the end of your experience in that station.
Actually, it is not.
Since the very beginning, the team planned to build a new and continuing model for improving people's life style and helping them keep in fit by stretching the health service even after leaving the station and providing a comprehensive consultant for people’s health regarding almost every aspect of life.
The Smart Health Station is featured with a notification pushing APP to ensure that the health service continues within a hand reach. Based on the health report, the APP will personalize the daily health program and push all the information you need for your health, like personalized health tips, guidance for daily exercise and medication, etc.
The Sanxiaokou Smart Health Station, officially launched in July, is the first one of those upcoming pilot spots, which is believed by the team a big step forward. And now the team is pushing the project steadily to let their technology go far and reach more.
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