Biogram app leverages social sharing to study how biometrics influences personal relationships

The University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC), part of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and Medable Inc. said it has announced the Biogram app.

Biogram takes health metrics, monitoring and research to a new level allowing users to embed heart rate data into a photo distributed to social media via a photo-sharing network.

Developed using ResearchKit, the Biogram app will help researchers better understand how publicly sharing biometrics influences personal relationships and experiences in a social community. Biogram will be available for free on the App Store.

Researchers at the USC CBC led by Dr. Leslie Saxon will use Biogram to collect heart data along with other biometric information such as weight and steps taken, directly from HealthKit, the centralized location on an iPhone where users store health data.

The Biogram research study will capture biometric data for adult participants over the age of 18. Researchers will analyze the data to better understand how publicly sharing biometrics, such as heart rate, influences personal relationships and experiences in a social community.

ResearchKit is also providing an unprecedented national, and eventually global, access to health data through its direct link to Healthkit. The USC CBC study takes extra steps in privacy protection asking participations through each step of the process to allow researchers to access activity and health data passively collected via the Biogram app and other data stored in HealthKit on their iPhone.