May 19, 2020

What’s in Your Closet? The Importance of Toronto Fashion Week

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What’s in Your Closet? The Importance of Toronto Fashion Week

World MasterCard Fashion Week officially kicked off on March 23. While the event has almost come to an end, it’s significant to look back to not only see what innovating pieces designers have come up with, but to also explore why this occasion is so important.

Not only is World MasterCard Fashion Week Canada’s largest fashion event, but it’s also one that is highly sought after—here’s why:

The Talent and the Trends

Plenty of fashion icons have come from Toronto, such as Dean and Dan Caten, Joe Mimran and Kimberley Newport-Mimran. However, they aren’t the only ones who have been noticed. Other designers are coming to prominence due to this event, including Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan. MasterCard Fashion Week allows Canadian designers to not only get their work out to the public, but to also expand themselves globally.

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When it comes to trending, you may have guessed it, but fashion week in Toronto allows the city to be recognized. For example, back in 2013, fashion week produced more than 29,000 mentions on various social media platforms.

The Recognition

Not only does Toronto get recognized due to fashion week, but the city also gets paid for hosting the event.

World MasterCard Fashion Week is the second biggest fashion event in North America—next to New York Fashion Week, of course. Therefore, this event attracts a range of people and industries, including media, investors, designers and various consumers who perhaps wouldn’t have visited the city otherwise. The appeal of Toronto then gets noticed, leading to potential investors possibly opting for the city to be home for new business ventures.

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Because this event brings in so much traffic, the economy is boosted by all of the guests, models, hair stylists, make-up artists, and media members who stay in Toronto throughout the week’s events.

The Attraction of Looking Good

Whether you choose to sport the latest fashions or a pair of jeans that you’ve spent years breaking in, when you look good, you feel good. Not only can fashion be used to help strengthen one’s appearance, but fashion can clearly also impact a wide range of industries, as well as the economy.

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Jun 11, 2021

Health Catalyst: An agile approach to healthcare data

Northwell Health
Health Catalyst
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How to get the most out of your investment in data with Health Catalyst


Healthcare Catalyst is quite literally a healthcare providers’ catalyst for change when it comes to their measurable, data-informed improvement in analytics, software and services.

Founded in 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Health Catalyst is dedicated to enabling health care organisations to build a healthcare-specific, open, flexible, and scalable data platform and fully integrated suite of analytics applications.

This enables health system partners, including Northwell Health in New York which serves a population of 11 million, to realise measurable value within months. “Our customers have recognised the potential to use data, to meaningfully improve their clinical, financial and operational business performance outcomes,” said Mike Doyle, Chief Customer Officer.

Formed by a group of healthcare veterans – with a quest to develop a data warehouse that could handle the complexities unique to healthcare data – they revolutionised the clinical process models and use of analytics and discovered the solution now known as Adaptive Data Architecture, which is agile, flexible and can be implemented in a matter of weeks compared to a matter of years.

Today, Health Catalyst helps clinicians in more than 250 hospitals that care for more than 100 million patients each year.

Health Catalyst offers a solution in three parts:

Data Operating System

Cloud-based DOS is a healthcare-specific, open, flexible, and scalable that provides customers a single environment to integrate and organise data.

Analytics Applications

Analytics applications build on top of the data platform and allow customers to make measurable clinical, financial and operational improvements.

Services Expertise

World-class team of analytics and domain experts leverage technology to help customers shorten time-to-value and achieve sustainable, measurable improvements.

The fully integrated data platform and suite of analytics applications helped clients during the pandemic, in ways even Health Catalyst could never have imagined. Health Catalyst offered products and services to support customers’ agile response to the pandemic in four phases:

  • Prepare.
  • Prevent.
  • Recover.
  • Plan.

“By having the data operating system, our clients were able to take advantage of the integrated source of data to meet challenges that they were facing in their local geographies due to the pandemic in ways that we could never even have predicted,” said Doyle.

Doyle highlighted Health Catalyst’s Value Architecture group, which helps the company ensure that its technology and expertise are delivering measurable and meaningful value to our clients.  “I think another key differentiator is our open platform that our clients are able to use to accelerate their own integration of data, but it is customisable, configurable in ways that makes it unique for them in ways other cookie cutter analytics just can’t match. 

“We like to start every discussion by listening and understanding how we can help our customers avoid making mistakes and getting the most out of their investment in data.”

Speaking about their partnership with Northwell, Doyle said: “We're very grateful for this partnership and want to thank these visionary leaders who are able to envision a future using data that is light years beyond what we can think of today.”

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