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NY Times: Web-based Birchbox plans to open a Manhattan store this spring

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Since its launch in 2010, beauty subscription company Birchbox has shaken up the beauty market by sending subscribers boxes of product samples each month. Now, the web-based company is reportedly looking to open a physical location in Manhattan, according to a New York Times report.

According to the NY Times, founders Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna are quietly planning to open in the spring a store on West Broadway in the heart of SoHo’s main shopping area.

Unlike several other web-based companies that have created a brick-and-mortar-type formula that is basically a showroom for their online business, Birchbox will strive to be a complete shopping and lifestyle “experience,” the NY Times reported.

According to the article, the store will feature touch screens throughout for product recommendations and reviews, and will also house roughly 2,000 products available for purchase. Beauty mavens will also be able to build their own Birchbox for $15 in the B.Y.O.B. section. Classes and services, such as hair styling, will also be available, the NY Times reported.
 

 

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APhA Foundation announces new data aggregation and reporting tool

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WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association Foundation and software company IQware Solutions have teamed up to create core components of an IMPACT Healthcare Innovation Hub, a new data aggregation and reporting tool that will integrate clinical and economic data.

The secure web-based platform will include data collection, importing, analytics and reporting capabilities currently used in the foundation’s research projects. Using the hub, healthcare organizations will be able to produce a set of self-service reports using uploaded data that demonstrate the value of pharmacists’ patient care services as an efficient, cost-effective healthcare solution, APhA stated.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to develop new tools to streamline data collection and reporting in a way that produces evidence of the impact pharmacists’ patient care services have on healthcare delivery and ultimately, patient health outcomes,” said Mindy Smith, APhA Foundation executive director.

“Privacy, confidentiality, reliability and security are of paramount importance to our research at the APhA Foundation and to our collaborators,” said Benjamin Bluml, APhA Foundation SVP, research and innovation. “One of the key reasons we selected IQware as our development partner is for the flexibility its secure, patented technology offers in developing an infrastructure that allows us to adapt to a continuously evolving marketplace as we work to expand our research and innovation enterprise to help invent a preferred future.”

Healthcare organizations who use the IMPACT Healthcare Information Hub will be able to collect, analyze, report and aggregate data depending on their needs. The software will allow the option to enter data directly into the system if an electronic medical record system is not in place, convert non-standardized formats into standardized data, or accommodate market standards for health information exchange if a standard EMR system is used.

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The American Association of College of Nursing names new president

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WASHINGTON — Eileen Breslin, dean and professor of the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, has been elected to serve a two-year term as president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Breslin assumed the presidency at AACN’s 2014 Spring Business Meeting held March 24 in Washington, D.C.

“Preparing the next generation of nurses to be thought leaders is critical to ushering in meaningful change at the highest levels of health care and higher education,” Breslin said. “As AACN’s president, I am looking forward to answering this call by working closely with member schools, staff and all stakeholders to shape future AACN initiatives that advance leadership in nursing education, research and practice.”

Breslin began her career in academia at Northern Arizona University, where she served as an assistant professor, tenured professor and chair of the Department of Nursing from 1989 through 1998. She then moved to the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, where she served as dean of the School of Nursing for 10 years and interim dean for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences for three years. In 2008, Breslin joined the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio as dean of the School of Nursing, and she also holds an appointment as adjunct professor in public health at the San Antonio Regional Campus of the University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston.

Breslin, whose personal career interests include women’s health and public health nursing, led a number of major initiatives during her nine years as dean at UMass. She instituted a doctor of nursingpractice degree, a clinical nurse leader program, and a dual Master of Science and Master of Public Health program ― all firsts in Massachusetts.

Breslin’s long-time service on the AACN board serving as  president-elect (2012-2014), treasurer (2005-2009), member-at-large (2001-2005) and member of the Government Affairs Committee (1994-1998). Breslin also represented AACN at the American Nurses Association Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics, as a member of the AACN/Department of Veterans Affairs Liaison Committee, on the task force that issued AACN’s 1999 position statement titled “Violence as a Public Health Problem” and as a state grassroots liaison.

Among her recognitions and awards, Breslin has been recognized as a Distinguished Practitioner in Nursing by the National Academies of Practice in 2000. Her most recent honors include the National President’s Award from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and the Sigma Theta Tau Image Maker Award. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, as well as a Distinguished Practitioner in Nursing of the National Academies of Practice.

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