Swiffer debuts new cleaning tool
CINCINNATI — Jewel, an acclaimed singer and songwriter, joined Swiffer on Thursday to celebrate the debut of the new Swiffer Sweep and Trap, which features soft rotating beater blades that are designed to scoop up large particles into a removable dirt bin for quick disposal.
The singer-songwriter led the debut — which took place in New York at the kid-oriented venue Make Meaning — with a live performance of the new "Clean-Up Song." Her acoustic performance is available for free download on the Swiffer Facebook page at Facebook.com/Swiffer.
“As an artist, I love teaching my son through hands-on experiences, which often means making messes,”Jewel said. “So, when it comes time to clean up, I look for tools like the Sweep and Trap that make it efficient and easy, leaving me with more time and energy to play with my son. In our home, we often sing while we clean up, so I’m excited to unveil my own version of the classic family clean-up tune to celebrate this launch with Swiffer.”
The Swiffer Sweep and Trap starter kit is available for $19.99 at mass merchandise outlets, grocery stores, home improvement stores and e-retail websites throughout the United States.
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NACDS Retail Advisory Board turns to London for new market trends
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Retail Advisory Board will be heading to London on Feb. 25 to examine key marketplace trends, including multigenerational retailing, how the omnichannel is improving the shopping experience, urban retailing and managing OTC medications.
Why London? According to Bryan Stuke, chairman of the NACDS Retail Advisory Board and Procter & Gamble VP of customer business development, England’s population is aging a few years ahead of the American population, so the opportunity to observe how British retailers are managing the needs of aging consumers is relevant, especially given the baby boomer juggernaut that’s seemingly affecting every aspect of life in the United States. Furthermore, London has a centuries-long reputation as a thriving, diverse, populous European capital. Stuke said a big trend in the United States right now is to become more urbanized rather than suburban or rural, so London fits the bill.
The market immersion trip will mark the fourth such trip for the Retail Advisory Board so far. Past trips have been to Toronto, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Austin, Texas. The group will travel to Boston in May. Stuke said that the objective is to identify places where new ideas are being generated and new retail formats exist. He said the trips “allow retailers and manufacturers to walk a store together to discover new ideas on how they can merchandise their stores, product categories, adjacencies or product lines better.”
Beyond merchandising, supply chain and store operations, the group will also look at how British retailers are becoming omni-channel — utilizing Internet, mobile and the physical store to help the consumer shop whenever and wherever.
The group will have the opportunity to tour several stores, including Boots, Burberry, Marks and Spencer and Tesco. A speaker will provide an overview of English history, putting into perspective the ways the English government and healthcare systems have evolved. A speaker from Nielson will also present on the English retail market, contrasting the differences between British and U.S. stores. As part of the agenda, representatives from the U.S. embassy will address policy issues in the U.K. and E.U., such as privacy concerns and how the embassy can help U.S. companies in England.
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MinuteClinic to transition to EpicCare EMR system
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic has announced that it is switching from its own proprietary electronic medical record solution to Epic’s EpicCare system.
"EpicCare’s rich platform will allow us to continue to provide the highest quality of care and advance our services through a robust, world class EMR," said Andrew Sussman, president of MinuteClinic and SVP/associate chief medical officer of CVS Caremark.
Epic will support MinuteClinic’s evidence-based model of care and facilitate connectivity with healthcare providers nationwide that currently use Epic, including many major health systems, hospital networks and physician groups currently affiliated with MinuteClinic. An estimated 274,000 physicians will use Epic and about 51% of the U.S. population will have a record in Epic when its current customer rollouts are complete. MinuteClinic’s full deployment of EpicCare is expected to take 18 months.
"We’ve reached a point in the evolution of our clinical practice where a more advanced EMR that facilitates more immediate information sharing with other health care providers is needed," said Sussman. "MinuteClinic is expanding sites and services, having added [more than] 350 clinics in the past three years. As we continue on our path of rapid growth to reach 1,500 clinics by 2017, EpicCare will take us to the next level by offering enhanced connectivity with other providers, more advanced patient portal capabilities, and key analytics to run our practice more efficiently and improve patient care."
MinuteClinic chief medical officer Nancy Gagliano expects EpicCare to help MinuteClinic further promote continuity of care with patients’ primary care providers, including pediatricians, family practice physicians and internists.
"We’ve always been committed to comprehensive record sharing, whether it’s done electronically when compatibility exists or by faxing a copy of the visit summary immediately following a clinic visit with patient permission," she said. "EpicCare will help us work more closely with physician practices as part of the medical home team, facilitate co-management of patients and advance our mission to make health care more accessible, convenient and affordable for Americans."
Epic has scored highest in KLAS Ambulatory EMR rankings for large health systems (75-plus physicians) for the last 15 years.
"Retail clinics play an important role in community-wide care delivery," said Carl Dvorak, Epic president. "Patients receive the most value in terms of quality, cost and overall wellness when care is well-coordinated across disciplines and locations so we’re glad to have CVS MinuteClinic join the nation’s largest network of care organizations securely sharing patient information."
CVS is once again leading U.S.-based, retail-affiliated clinics in setting its sights and preparing its systems to provide thousands of nationwide ports of entry to a virtually-integrated healthcare delivery system. Ron Hammerle, Chairman Health Resources, Ltd. Tampa, Florida