With the number of people being diagnosed with cancer on a steady rise, the need for better treatment options and better processing of patients is imminent. However, the medical field seems to have not come up with the technological advancement that is present today, especially when it comes to electronic health records. Eric Lefkofsky was just a regular person assisting a family member who was getting treated for cancer when he realized how backward the system is. He realized that the technology being used to track patient records and their test results were extremely outdated and that there was a gaping hole in the industry that needed to be fulfilled.
That’s when Eric Lefkofsky came up with the idea to start up a company that offered databasing and electronic health records systems to better the way that information is processed in the medical sector. That’s when he decided to found Tempus. Since the company first opened its doors for business, they have created a vast scale impact for the entire medical industry. Tempus has made the process of storing and analyzing patient records a lot easier. Doctors are now able to get access to this kind of data easier and more quickly. Eric Lefkofsky wanted to create a company that would have a significant impact on the way cancer patients receive care, and this was one of the best ways to achieve this in the scope of what Eric Lefkofsky was proficient with.
Having worked in the sector of information technology for most of his professional life, Eric Lefkofsky was proficient with the kind of needs that the medical industry would need from software like the one he was proposing. Today, hundreds of hospitals all over the country make use of the database management and patient record tracking software that Tempus has come out with.
Since a lot of the current patient records that doctors use are handwritten, it would be difficult without software that was able to interpret this. With that idea in mind, Eric Lefkofsky decided also to include an AI functionality that would read the handwritten notes of doctors, and translate it to a digital form, thereby making it easier to access and understand.