Cardiogram, maker of a smartwatch app that uses deep neural network technology to detect various heart conditions, has inked a deal with Fitbit allowing its application to be integrated with the tech giant’s wearables.
Fitbit users can now download the Cardiogram application and use it to monitor heart rate and sleep monitoring. Cardiogram’s detection technology has been validated for the identification of hypertension, sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation.
Following this announcement Fitbit users can also upgrade to the Cardiogram Premium version, which will give them the ability to share their data, insights and tests with family or a clinician.
Cardiogram has long collaborated with the University of California, San Francisco, on studies related to heart health, including the Health eHeart Study, which found that the technology was able to detect hypertension and sleep apnea when employed on an Apple Watch. This integration opens the door for Fitbit users to now become part of those studies.
“In a sequence of studies with UCSF’s Cardiology department, Cardiogram has shown that optical heart rate sensors, when combined with a deep neural network, can accurately detect multiple major health conditions including diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation” Brandon Ballinger, CEO and founder of Cardiogram, wrote in an email to MobiHealthNews.
“Over 1 million people have downloaded the Cardiogram app, representing over 102,000,000,0000 heartbeats per day. These beats contain a wealth of information related to sleep, stress, fitness, and medical conditions like sleep apnea, atrial fibrillation, hypertension, or diabetes. Compatibility with Fitbit, Wear OS, and Garmin enables even more people to learn what their heart is telling them” according to a Cardiogram blog post.
Cardiogram currently supports, in addition to Apple Watch and Fitbit, also Garmin devices with which it entered into a similar agreement last August.