Cancer has emerged as a life threating disease. More cases have been reported in the recent past. Eric Lefkofsky is one of the people who is striving to come up with a solution to help cancer patients. He is a co-founder of Tempus a technology firm that aids physicians in providing tailor-made healthcare to cancer patients. The technology uses an interactive analytical and machine learning plan to analyze data.
Eric Lefkofsky developed the interest of starting a technology firm that digitizes the healthcare system. He developed the idea when his family member was being treated for breast cancer. It was a shock to him that doctors didn’t have access to a technology that had transformed many industries. The experience made him build a technology firm that would help physicians access cancer patients data.
Eric Lefkofsky brainstormed to come up with a solution, and this led to the birth of Tempus. He has honing skills in setting and managing corporations. He is a co-founder of several businesses such as Groupon where he serves as the chairman, Mediaocean – a media procurement firm and Echo Global Logistics. He is also involved in charity work and co-chairs the Lefkofsky family foundation with his wife. The foundation helps in raising funds to finance cancer-based research’s.
What work does Tempus do?
Tempus analyzes a patient’s data to be used by doctors in cancer treatment. It does this by collecting, structuring and analyzing patient’s data and organize it in electronic medical record systems. The company makes it easier for doctors to refer to patient’s medical records. Genomic data is generated by sequencing a patient’s DNA and other relevant information in the lab. This leads to physicians having informed choices on how to treat patients.
The data helps physician’s in coming up with treatment best for an individual patient. Based on the electronic data, a doctor may discover that a patient may respond to therapy better than the others. According to Eric Lefkofsky, Tempus is focusing on applying the technology to other areas of medicine such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and neurological disorders.