Eric Lefkofsky Offers Treatment for Ailing Medical Industry

When diagnosed with a serious illness like cancer, worrying about how your patient information is stored and interpreted should be the least of your concerns. While technology has been advancing at a swift pace, the healthcare industry hasn’t seemed to keep up when it comes to medical data. Eric Lefkofsky co-founder of Tempus is adamant to change that. Despite medical records being converted to an almost completely electronic format within the last decade, the information in them is lacking and Lefkofsky believes filling in a complete picture of someone’s health could be life-changing (or even saving) for everyone in the medical industry.

Tempus is an operating system that not only looks to make the data already available through traditional medical records less cumbersome to access and manage, it also will push to make other data such as one’s complete genetic makeup a standard part of their care. While once costing millions to sequence an individual’s genome, the cost is now less than $5,000 USD and dropping with the aid of companies like Tempus. Making this readily available to a patient’s medical team can help doctors determine the best type treatments for their disease and even help them predict what diseases could effect them in the future.

Eric Lefkofsky had never put a second thought into how patient data is handled until his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Once he witnessed the problems in the industry, he wanted to find a solution both with Tempus and altruistic means.

Eric Lefkofsky, with the help of his wife, formed the Lefkofsky Foundation in 2006 to support important causes around the world with a particular focus on those effecting children. The couple also joined The Giving Pledge in 2013 and have promised to donate at least fifty percent of their assets to charity within their lifetimes, they have already donated millions to various cancer related organizations among others charitable activities.

Eric Lefkofsky is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Juris Doctor and also co-founded Groupon. Once CEO, Lefkofsky scaled down his duties to chairman of groupon to focus on Tempus.

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