During a panel discussion at the Milken Global Conference, Eric Lefkofsky discussed the need to reshape the existing health care model. He summed up the problem with this statement, “it’s crazy that we are giving better technology to truck drivers picking up pallets of water bottles than we are to doctors making life and death decisions.”
A few years ago, Eric Lefkofsky did not foresee working on healthcare issues in his future. All of that changed when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Eric came from a technology background. He was working on technology systems to solve problems in the transportation industry when his wife received her diagnosis. During the process of getting his wife treatment, Eric witnessed many of the inefficiencies in the healthcare industry. He felt compelled to make changes happen.
Some estimate that one-third of the resources dedicated to healthcare processes are lost due to inefficiencies. This leaves room for private companies to find ways to solve problems. Eric Lefkofsky is the co-founder and CEO of Tempus – a technology company hoping to reshape healthcare by providing data analytics. Tempus plans to build the world’s most extensive library of molecular and clinical data. The company will build analytic tools to allow this data to be useful in enabling doctors to provide cancer treatments efficiently.
The Milken Institute is a nonprofit thinktank organization dedicated to advancing solutions that increase prosperity and improve health. Their flagship event is the Milken Institute Global Conference. This event brings together a diverse set of leaders from many industries to discuss relevant topics. Find out more about Eric Lefkofsky: https://www.cancer.northwestern.edu/research/funding-opportunities/lefkofsky.html