During the Fortune Brainstorm Health Conference, Mr. Lefkofsky reveals that for effective treatment of cancer, doctors, clinicians, and researchers need to work together to achieve the best outcome. They need to share information relating to specific cancer patients and how they are responding to treatment. At the same time, data on what seems to be working for patients should be available when needed.
Erick Lefkofsky says that all the data needed by various people in the health industry is out there, but a platform to combine and interlink the information is missing. He also says that if one visits a cancer treatment center and asks for specific information, it will require a grant and a minimum of 90 days to be able to get the information. Eric argues that this data should not be difficult to find, instead, it should be easily available to clinicians, researchers and other interested parties.Eric aims at providing an avenue for oncologists and neurologists to freely collect data for research and analysis. This has led him to develop Tempus, a creation that runs through existing electronic medical records and pathology systems, taking information, filtering it and then sending back the filtered version of information to each source. This collective data can then be used to provide detailed information about patient treatments and how they are responding to their specific treatment.
More about Eric Lefkofsky
Eric Lefkofsky is the founder and CEO OF Tempus, a technological system that seeks to provide a uniform platform of obtaining cancer treatment and medical response data. Before founding Tempus, Erick has co-founded many companies including Echo Global Logistics, InnerWorkings, Lightbank, Zest Health, and Groupon. Eric also gives lectures at the University of Chicago.Eric graduated as a Doctor from the University of Michigan. He is a renowned philanthropist. In 2006, together with his wife Liz, they founded the Lefkofsky Family initiative. Through it, they seek to support the able but disadvantaged children get through with their studies. The foundation also develops effective tools for teachers as well. He is a trustee member of Lurie Children’s Hospice, Art Institute based in Chicago, as well as Steppenwolf Theatre firm.