Technology is advancing at a rapid rate, but is healthcare keeping up with the trend? According to Eric Lefkofsky, the answer is no and his new company Tempus is hoping to remedy this through the use of data. While the world saw a decent amount of advancement when digital medical records were introduced and widely went into use, this still wasn’t enough as much of the information collected seemed to get lost over time and never entered in the system. In addition, there is information that Eric Lefkofsky believes would be useful in treatment that just was never collected at all.
Genetics can make a big difference in determining how effective certain treatments for cancer and other medical conditions will be. This is why Tempus’ system includes testing each patient’s genetic code for certain markers that will impact treatment and the development of cancer and other diseases. The price for genetic testing used to be exorbitant but is now relatively affordable especially when compared to other types of tests that doctors typically run on cancer patients. Through the information collected through the company that Eric Lefkofsky co-founded, doctors and other medical professionals are hoping to be able to develop more effective treatments for patients suffering from the devastating disease.
Eric Lefkofsky believes that Tempus has the capability to disrupt the world of medicine and will improve the care of patients with many different types of medical problem in the near future. While the focus of Tempus is currently cancer care, there are plans to expand the technology soon and have it be more widely implemented in different areas of medicine. When Eric Lefkofsky discovered that no other companies were working on finding a better way to handle medical data, he made the decision to try to find a solution for the problems facing medicine in that area himself.
Instead of just coming up with ideas just to have them, Eric Lefkofsky focuses on discovering problems and then creating the solutions that they need. This process is more effective and helps him come up with business ventures that are successful. Through his ventures, Eric Lefkofsky hopes to be able to positively impact the lives of others.