Cancer is a horrible disease that has affected or currently affects nearly half of the United States population. There is a good chance that you know somebody who has received a cancer diagnosis at some point in their life. The number of cancer patients is expected to double by 2024.
Eric Lefkofsky, co-founder of Tempus and Groupon, is currently leading the charge in improving data-enabled prescription medicine.
The healthcare industry is slowly catching up to modern technology, but there is still so much to learn about cancer through the use of electronic data collection. There has never been an effective way to stream information about a deadly disease like cancer.
Tempus was created to help advance cancer treatments. Lefkofsky has introduced a new way to provide treatments to cancer patients worldwide. Tempus collects and analyzes patient’s clinical and molecular data. Unfortunately, medical records are not easy to obtain. Most of the time a person’s medical records are locked and are not legally allowed to be handed to someone else without consent from the patient.
A lot of doctors and nurses still write down notes on a piece of paper, which is hard for anyone to grab. It will be written in a different writing style that may be hard to read. Tempus uses natural language processing and optical character recognition capabilities. Leftkofsky and his coworkers are able to gather information through human genome sequencing. The first genome map creation cost $100 million. Now with the right technology, you can create a genome map for $5,000. Over time that cost will keep dropping with the help of Tempus and other companies in that industry.
Cancer specialists continue to focus more on attacking the disease on molecular and cellular levels, while using a genome map can reveal more information about the person.
Eric Lefkosky was born in 1969, in Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with the highest honors. After graduating from the University of Michigan he went University of Michigan Law School to obtain a Juris Doctor degree. He decided not to become a lawyer. He was more interested in the dot-com revolution.
Lefkosky has spent most of his adulthood in Chicago. He holds a seat at the board of directors for Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago. He also spends some of his free time teaching at DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
About Eric: Facebook.com/eplefkofsky/