Cardiogram has had success using its DeepHeart neural network to detect conditions like atrial fibrillation with 97% accuracy with just a heart rate sensor. Now it's introducing features to help you monitor the health of others you care about.
The company is launching Cardiogram Premium, an add-on that costs either $15 a month or $99 a year. It's built of two primary features, the first of which is a Family Mode that allows two family members to monitor your data. That data that can be monitored includes metrics such as heart rate, step count, sleeping pattern, workouts, diagnostic tests and more.
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The other new feature is Share with Doctor, which allows you to request a PDF of all your data so that you can either print it out or email it directly to your data. This will allow your doctor to take a look at all the data that Cardiogram has from your Garmin, Wear OS smartwatch or Apple Watch.
So why share data with family members? Cardiogram co-founder Brandon Ballinger told us that Cardiogram users kept requesting it. They found that many users actually started buying wearables for family members. In fact, he says Cardiogram users had started sharing sign-ins so that they could keep track of their loved ones' data.
"A lot of people told us that they're buying watches for their parents to monitor their data," Ballinger says. Thanks to new features like fall detection and ECG, he says wearables have found some extra life as gifts for older family members.
As for sharing with a doctor, Ballinger says simple things like being able to easily print out heart rate data can help with conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder and panic attacks. It can make it easier for doctors or others to look at the data and help the person realize that the condition was in their head.
Cardiogram Premium is also cross platform, so if your mom or dad is using an Apple Watch and you have an Android phone you won't have to worry - you'll still be able to keep an eye on your mom's data. There is no word yet on Cardiogram support for Fitbit or Samsung wearables, but the company is working on it.
Cardiogram users can sign up for Premium now in the Cardiogram app's brand new Premium tab.