Eric Lefkofsky and Tempus Collect the Data for a Cancer Cure

Tempus seeks to cure cancer through collecting and processing patient information on both a traditional and chemical level. Tempus, a potential operating system for cancer care, could potentially revolutionize the healthcare collection by making the collection of an individual’s genetic makeup as normal as a blood draw. Analyzing this data is just as important for preventative medicine as it is for finding more personalized treatments for patients according to their body chemistry. By anaylzing the data collected from patients around the world Lefkofsky believes cures could potentially be found through patient data.

A lot of information that is collected is lost between specialists, offices, and visits. Tempus will make it so more of this information is analyzed and stored by making it so hand-written doctors’ notes can be more easily captured and processed into structured data. Currently, a lot of these important progress notes are lost over time and never really put into a patient’s long term record.

Most people don’t ever think about how the data is stored medically until they get sick, but with over 14.5 million people living with cancer in 2014 in the United States alone it isn’t something that should just be looked past. Eric Lefkofky hadn’t thought of the problem until his wife Liz was diagnosed with breast cancer and he saw the problems in patient data first hand. He later stepped down from CEO to chairman of Groupon, a company Lekofsky co-founded, to focus on Tempus.

Eric Lefkofsky has had a fair share of success in business, but his charitable works are just as if not more impressive. The Lefkofsky’s have donated millions to different charities with focus on cancer related initiatives and projects that help the greater Chicago area. Eric and Liz built the Lefkofsky Foundation, a charitable organization that serves the greater Chicago area through four areas of focus: medical research, the arts, human rights and education.

Eric Lefkofsky is an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago and graduated from the University of Michigan Law School with a Juris Doctor. He specializes in disruptive technology, and wants to e-enable businesses.

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