'Cardiogram' App Update Brings Native Apple Watch Support, 3D Touch, and More

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HealthKit-enabled Apple Watch app Cardiogram has received its 1.0 release, bringing native watchOS 2 compatibility, 3D Touch for supporting devices, and a redesigned interface.

The app has been developed in collaboration with researchers at the University of California San Francisco's Health eHeart study, which aims to help end heart disease. The program wants to develop a way to detect atrial fibrillation - a medical condition that can lead to stroke - using innovations in everyday consumer technology.



By that token, the Cardiogram developer team have been refining an algorithm that attempts to detect abnormal heart rhythms using the Apple Watch's heart rate sensors.

The 1.0 version of the app at the center of its efforts brings that goal a step closer, introducing native watchOS 2 support that enables users to track and view recorded heart rate data without having to tether their iPhone. A new Apple Watch complication also allows users to quickly view their latest heart-rate readings.

Meanwhile, the iPhone companion app now includes comprehensive activity statistics and trending HRM data, along with a Metrics screen that brings together users' move, stand, and exercise goals.

In addition, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus device owners can use 3D Touch gestures to tag peaks in heart rate, while social media sharing and interface tweaks make up the rest of the update.

Anyone with an Apple Watch can take part in the eHeart study, since the algorithm learns from its users, whether or not they have preexisting heart conditions.

Apple's HealthKit framework debuted in 2014, allowing developers to build health monitoring software that integrates with Apple's Health app, while Apple's open source framework ResearchKit was made available to developers in April 2015, enabling them to create their own iPhone apps for medical research purposes.

Apple itself continues to have significant interest in making its Apple Watch part-medical health instrument. An Apple patent application recently came to light, titled "Care event detection and alerts", which envisions a hardware system with the ability to monitor the surrounding environment for events that would require assistance from medical professionals, police, fire rescue or other emergency services.

Cardiogram is a free download for iPhone on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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JPLC

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I think also a lot of sporters are waiting for this.

I just bought a heart monitor/sensor from Wahoo (Tickr X) and it works perfect without having my iPhone nearby, it registrates every beat accurate. Never liked the whole concept of wearing my smartwatch during sports. And there's nothing more accurate like a chest belt monitor. So far for the heart rate functionality on a smartwatch for me... Maybe a standalone Apple Watch 2 will change my mind.
 
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alexthegreat80

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Just tried the app and I was not able to create an account: "A server error occurred. Please email hello@cardiogr.am for help."

I was able to make an account- I did not use social media- I used an email account.

However it is having issues loading my data. It's showing me data from about a month ago and then give me an error when I try to select today.

I restarted the app and my phone- and its loaded some data from about a week ago- it seems to be taking time for the app to load the data from Healthkit
 

Robert.Walter

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I think also a lot of sporters are waiting for this.

I just bought a heart monitor/sensor from Wahoo (Tickr X) and it works perfect without having my iPhone nearby, it registrates every beat accurate. Never liked the whole concept of wearing my smartwatch during sports. And there's nothing more accurate like a chest belt monitor. So far for the heart rate functionality on a smartwatch for me... Maybe a standalone Apple Watch 2 will change my mind.
As I understand it, wOS 2 apps are supposed to run directly on the watch and independent of the phone.
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App updates and Apple watch cases aren't worth the front page
Pro tip: to avoid such trivial triggering Apple-related news, please try androidrumors dot com.
 
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WBRacing

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This, coupled with enhanced sensors in the next gen watch (e.g. glucometer) could really make the watch a serious proposition. Ditch the fashion slant and instead go for health.
 

bstpierre

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I think also a lot of sporters are waiting for this.

I just bought a heart monitor/sensor from Wahoo (Tickr X) and it works perfect without having my iPhone nearby, it registrates every beat accurate. Never liked the whole concept of wearing my smartwatch during sports. And there's nothing more accurate like a chest belt monitor. So far for the heart rate functionality on a smartwatch for me... Maybe a standalone Apple Watch 2 will change my mind.
I connect my chest strap to my watch to get the accuracy of the chest strap into the apps of the watch.
 

Robert.Walter

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This, coupled with enhanced sensors in the next gen watch (e.g. glucometer) could really make the watch a serious proposition. Ditch the fashion slant and instead go for health.
The fashion slant is an independent aspect.

Going for health two years ago wasn't possible due to the FDA. Had Apple pursued a health device then, instead of a fitness device, the watch would still be in the FDA verification and approval process.

So Apple went for fitness. And in the meantime has been able to sell a boatload of watches that deliver that as well as other features to users.

Not to be overlooked is that all those watches sold have also allowed a massive field trial of some unreleased features like blood oximetry. The hardware is there, just not the FDA approval to display these results to customers (yet), and behind that, Apple's fitness research gym/center has been accumulating data from participants 6-days a week for at least the last year.

The real world and fitness center measurements will come together and so will FDA approval. Whether through the sensors in the watch, or a band, or a Bluetooth connected remote device, the health aspect will come.

Ps some of the people hired by Apple in the last couple of years are named inventors who received patents for measuring serum glucose. The thought is that they are working to extend this knowledge to measuring glucose using the photoplethysmograph technique and sensors in the Apple Watch.
 
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elmnt61

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who is this even for??? All i see this leading to is more blood thinners -> more GI bleeds.
 

Volusia

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Hey! I'm one of the Cardiogram developers. For all of you who had trouble registering, sorry about that—we had a big spike in server load overnight. I added more capacity, and am tuning the system now to make sure we can take the load as traffic comes in.
Will your program recognize V-Tach or PVC's? As a HF patient I experience these periodically and would love to be able to track their occurrences.
 

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who is this even for??? All i see this leading to is more blood thinners -> more GI bleeds.
All I see if that happens is protamine.
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Will your program recognize V-Tach or PVC's? As a HF patient I experience these periodically and would love to be able to track their occurrences.
You need 12 lead EKG for that.
 

Volusia

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A full 12 lead is not always necessary...

I currently use a pulse monitoring app (via the camera flash) that can show PVC's through a irregular beat pattern. I also have a single lead ECG app that can show PVC's (inverted) and V-Tach. The problem is I have to be actively using either app at the time to capture the events.
 

pat500000

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A full 12 lead is not always necessary...

I currently use a pulse monitoring app (via the camera flash) that can show PVC's through a irregular beat pattern. I also have a single lead ECG app that can show PVC's (inverted) and V-Tach. The problem is I have to be actively using either app at the time to capture the events.
Right...you need to have it monitored all day..by the way how long does your watch and iPhone last?
You are not having multiple pvc are you? That would be serious.
 

ke-iron

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App updates and Apple watch cases aren't worth the front page
This article isn't really on the front page. It's in iOS blog page. However when viewed on a cellphone articles from other blogs all show on the same page. It's like the front page for cellphones is a different front page for tablets and computers.
 

CTYankee

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Installed and registered just fine. I can see data on the Apple Watch. However on my iPhone it does not show anything. It did show it importing my old Health data. I get a white screen with the loading/thinking icon spinning. On the Timeline I see the same icon, but just a beating heart icon. No data. Occasionally I get an error saying if I don't see any data refresh or email hello@...

I can't say I like the icon either. Way too much going on. Purple background, red heart, graph, heartbeat symbol...looks like the standard "design by committee" where every idea was mashed into one hybrid that looks pretty bad.
 
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