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Sustainability 2018, 10(8), 2702; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10082702

Using Traditional Chinese Medicine Ideas as a Mechanism to Engage People in Health Awareness

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College of Computer Science and Technology, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China
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Mathematics School, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China
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School of Management, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China
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Department of Computer Science and Technology, Zhuhai College of Jilin University, Zhuhai 519041, China
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Symbol Computation and Knowledge Engineer of Ministry of Education, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China
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Received: 4 July 2018 / Revised: 24 July 2018 / Accepted: 30 July 2018 / Published: 1 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability for Healthcare)
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Abstract

Improving health awareness is essential to health and healthcare sustainability. How to arouse attention to the health of people and encourage them to attend to healthcare progress so that we can reduce the costs of promoting healthcare by achieving more with less effort remains to be explored. In this paper, we provide a simplified health management app, called iTongue, with a basis in traditional Chinese medicine. People use iTongue to take pictures of their tongues to have a general idea of their health. We realize automated tongue image diagnosis using machine learning techniques to establish the relationship between the tongue image features and the cold or hot ZHENG (traditional Chinese medicine syndrome) in traditional Chinese medicine by learning through examples and assisting people to engage in health management. The results show that health management interaction based on traditional Chinese medicine has a positive influence on improving people’s attention to their health, encouraging them to participate in health management activities and develop the habit of caring about their health over the long term. In the future, we could consider using this kind of traditional Chinese medicine idea as a means of publicity to engage people in healthcare and to assist healthcare sustainability development. View Full-Text
Keywords: health management; healthcare sustainability; traditional Chinese medicine; tongue diagnosis health management; healthcare sustainability; traditional Chinese medicine; tongue diagnosis
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