The University of Southern California (USC) has launched a new app that takes some cues from Instagram, called Biogram, that allows users to take pictures, but that adds a stamp to the picture noting the user’s heart rate.
The pictures can be pushed to Facebook and other social media services. Biogram integrates heart rate data from AliveCor’s smartphone ECG. If the user does not have an AliveCor Heart Monitor, they can enter their heart rate manually or integrate another sensor. The app is also compatible with HealthKit.
USC’s Center for Body Computing (CBC) created the app with help from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and health app development company Medable, which specializes in keeping apps HIPAA-compliant.
“The convergence of health, technology and mobile digital devices is allowing us all to become smart patients,” CBC Executive Director Leslie Saxon, a co-inventor of the app, said in a statement. “Now millions of people can add biostatistical information to existing photo-sharing social media activities, and while it provides insightful data that is emotional, aesthetic and informative, it also makes health education more entertaining.” Keep reading>>