Gupta's run ends at Michigan primary, plastic surgeons warn of 'Snapchat dysmorphia,' and more digital health briefs

By Dave Muoio
11:46 am

Call9 launches data analytics plaform for nursing homes. Nursing home care technology company Call9 has launched a data analytics platform for nursing home administrators and operators. Dubbed SNF Assist, the platform integrates with a facility’s EHR to deliver insights that will help inform users’ operational and medical decisions.

“When we founded Call9 the idea was to be with patients at the moment of their emergency,” Timothy C. Peck, cofounder and CEO of Call9, said in a statement. “What we’ve learned over the last three years is that we can often identify emergencies before they even happen. SNF Assist will help facilities where Call9 doesn’t have a physical presence do the same thing.”

Paint me like one of your Snapchat girls. The ubiquity of smartphone cameras and photo-based social media apps has plastic surgeons worried about their patients’ mental wellness. In a recently published JAMA viewpoint, authors argued that these new technologies and the social cultures around them are blurring users’ self image in a potentially dangerous way.

“Previously, patients would bring images of celebrities to their consultations to emulate their attractive features,” they wrote. “A new phenomenon, dubbed ‘Snapchat dysmorphia,’ has patients seeking out cosmetic surgery to look like filtered versions of themselves instead, with fuller lips, bigger eyes, or a thinner nose. This is an alarming trend because those filtered selfies often present and unattainable look and are blurring the line of reality and fantasy for these patients.”

Digital health entrepreneur run for office falls short. Suneel Gupta, who was running in a Democratic primary for Michigan’s District 11 US House seat against four opponents, ended the race roughly 5 percentage points behind primary leader Haley Stevens, Detroit News reports. Gupta was the founder of Rise Health, a direct-to-consumer nutrition coaching startup that was acquired by One Medical Group in 2016.


A brief that originally ran with this article was published early in error. It has been temporarily removed.


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