Wearable treatment equipment has become a hot topic among traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) researchers. The wearable instrument for transcutaneous electrical stimulation therapy (TEST) developed by our research team has unique advantages in treating insomnia induced by the heart disorder due to phlegm and fire (HDPF). However, the treatment efficacy of the instrument has not been verified by multi-modal data, which limits its application at home. In fact, there is no intelligent efficacy evaluation system for the home treatment of insomnia with the instrument. To make up the gap, this paper attempts to build a home efficacy multi-modal intelligent evaluation system (HEMIES) for this wearable TEST instrument, drawing on the latest technologies of medicine and informatics. Taking HDPF-induced insomnia as an example, the authors firstly set up an index system of the HEMIES for HDPF-induced insomnia, and constructed a conceptual model of the HEMIES. Next, the syndrome images of TCM were fused with the text data of modern medicine, and used to evaluate the treatment efficacy and complete the HEMIES. Finally, 33 patients with HDPF-induced insomnia were recruited to treat the disease with the wearable TEST instrument at home. The observed results show that the prediction accuracy rate of the HEMIES was as high as 90.63%, indicating that the system boasts a good prediction ability and a high value for home application. Our HEMIES realizes the objective evaluation of the home treatment efficacy of the wearable TEST instrument in the absence of TCM practitioners, and provides a reference for the efficacy research of other TCM treatment equipment in home treatment.
- Home treatment
- Multi-modal intelligent evaluation system (MIES)
- Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)
- Wearable TCM treatment equipment
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering