There are few people as influential in the world of technology and data as Eric Lefkofsky. Eric Lefkofsky has largely worked out of Chicago with a special focus on data aggregation. Right now Eric Lefkofsky is focused on his newest project, Tempus. Tempus is a company that is looking to fundamentally change the way that cancer care facilities operate by focusing on data aggregation for both patients and genomicdata. Tempus is a unique idea that is also a natural progression from what the healthcare field has been doing for the past few years with EHRs. Let’s take a closer look at Lefkofsky’s work and goals with the company.
Eric Lefkofsky saw firsthand how cancer care facilities around the country can struggle to get data from one place to another. One of the large problems is that notes and details are notoriously hard to keep track of. From handwritten doctor’s notes to poorly organized EHRs, life saving information can have a hard time getting to where it needs to go. Lefkofsky uses this broad problem to point out how it can make specific, focused issues for cancer care patients: if one medication works for one patient, why won’t it work for another patient across the country?
In order to answer the question we highlighted above Eric Lefkofsky decided to focus his work on Tempus. Tempus was established in 2015 and since then it has reached a valuation of over $700 million in total. Tempus operates like a digital overlay that seeks to bring together patient and genomic data into one convenient location that can be accessed by patients and medical professionals. Tempus is an operating system that pools and aggregates data in a variety of different ways. Over the years costs of genome sequencing have come down and now Tempus is going to push the envelope even further in a life saving effort.
Tempus is attempting to make a broad and sweeping change to the cancer care world. So far Tempus has been partnered up with several professional facilities including Duke University School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic as well.