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Fitbit partners Cardiogram on health monitoring

Steve Rogerson
July 9, 2019

Fitbit is working with Californian start-up Cardiogram to bring more health monitoring features to its users with the goals to improve care management, empower users and potentially save lives.
Fitbit has more than 27 million active users around the world. The Cardiogram app is a digital health and fitness diary, using heart rate and sleep data from wearable devices and displaying them on a user’s phone with insights and tracking. Over one million people use Cardiogram to track how their heart rate is affected by anything from stress, workouts, sleep or even an episode of Game of Thrones.
Now, Fitbit users can access Cardiogram’s health screening tools, which have been clinically validated to detect signs of conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnoea and atrial fibrillation using heart rate data from Fitbit devices. If a user is flagged as at risk for a health condition, they’re offered convenient confirmatory diagnostic testing, and newly diagnosed users are guided to condition management programmes.
Fitbit users have the option to upgrade to Cardiogram Premium, a subscription service that enables sharing of live Cardiogram data, insights and confirmatory test results with a loved one or caretaker, and export data to share with a physician.
“A brand synonymous with health and fitness, compatibility with Fitbit has been one of our top user requests, and we’re very excited to launch this partnership,” said Brandon Ballinger, co-founder and CEO of Cardiogram. “Fitbit wearables have remarkably consistent heart rate accuracy, enhanced sleep tracking and extended battery life, all of which improve a user’s experience with Cardiogram as well.”
Cardiogram is compatible with any Fitbit device with a heart rate sensor, including the Charge, Versa, Inspire HR, Ionic and Alta HR families. Any Fitbit user can download the Cardiogram app for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
“For the past decade, Fitbit has made simple and engaging health and wellness accessible to millions of people, helping them make the behaviour change that leads to better health outcomes,” said Adam Pellegrini, general manager of Fitbit Health. “Building on our success in helping people reach their health goals, we continue to work to tackle some of the most common and costly conditions in healthcare. Partnering with Cardiogram to add a health condition screening tool further enhances our growing platform of technology to help Fitbit users proactively manage their health.”
In a sequence of clinical studies with more than 14,000 participants, Cardiogram has validated accuracy of an artificial intelligence-based algorithm, DeepHeart, to detect multiple major health conditions accurately, including hypertension, sleep apnoea, diabetes and atrial fibrillation.
Cardiogram was launched in 2016 by ex-Google tech leads Johnson Hsieh and Brandon Ballinger, was named the best iPhone app of 2016 by iMore, and has shown user engagement and retention that exceeds Instagram and Twitter.