EricLefkofsky’s Tempus Aims to Bridge the Data Gap

Doctors are awash in data. Each new drug that comes to market is backed by dozens of clinical trials and patient studies. There is so much data that it can be difficult for medical professionals to keep up with, let alone use that data to individualize a patient’s treatment plan. One major problem facing the medical community today is not a lack of data but a way of organizing large volumes of data to enhance patient outcomes. The start-up Tempus, founded by Groupon’s Eric Lefkofsky, hopes to change that.Tempus seeks to build upon existing electronic medical record (EMR) technology which is already implemented in most practices around the country. Data can be aggregated and scrubbed of patients’ personal information, then the resultant pool of data can be used to research patterns among specific cohorts. These existing mountains of data can be mined to produce more personalized treatments plans and better outcomes.

Eric Lefkofsky founded Tempus after his wife received a breast cancer diagnosis and their family was tossed into the maze of modern medicine. He hopes to ground Tempus’s methodology in oncology and then branch into neurology and other fields. The family’s involvement in medical research reaches well beyond their own lives. In addition to being a Trustee of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, he and his wife also co-chair the Lefkofsky Family Foundation which supports philanthropic organizations mostly based in their hometown of Chicago. Founded in 2006, the foundation has supported grants across numerous fields including medical research, education, and the arts.

Lefkofsky graduated from the University of Michigan, then received his Juris Doctor at University of Michigan Law School. His career has spanned a wide range of entrepreneurial endeavors. Lefkofsky is best known as the founder and Chairman of Groupon, a hub for ecommerce. He is also a cofounder of Lightbank and Uptake Technologies, which both use data to disrupt and enhance some of largest industries in the world.

 

May 27, 2017

Posted In: Business News, Businessman

Director of CTRMA Speaks about Toll Roads and the Future of the Agency

Every individual that lives in Texas for a long time has probably heard of the name CTRMA, or Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. It is an organization, an independent government agency, that is directly responsible for the administration of traffic in the major metropolitan centers, roads, and streets of Texas.

 

 

They are the biggest contributors to the reformation and upgrading of many toll roads in Texas, being one of the driving forces in the quality traffic compared to many other metropolitan centers in the world.

 

 

CTRMA is continuously evolving with the Texas landscape and community, understanding the biggest concerns and requirements of an always-growing center like Texas.

 

 

The director of CTRMA, Mike Heiligenstein, gave an interview where he talked more about his role in CTRMA and a bit of his career life and the future of the agency going forward.

 

 

The director was San Antonio at a Texas Department of Transportation forum where he was covering some of the changes that the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is aiming to target to supporting the growing infrastructure of recent times in Texas.

 

 

One of the subjects that Mr. Heiligenstein covered in his interviews was the future of the company about toll roads and a bit of the controversy that has been roaming around the subject, especially toll roads like State Highway 130.

 

 

According to Mike, drivers are not using SH 130, but it is definitely not a fault of the toll road itself, but of the ever-changing landscape of Texas. He also said that Interstate 35 is an old problematic issue and the next decades will have high, increasing demand regarding its capacity.

 

 

Another problem is that many traffic problems cannot be fixed by just adding lanes or changing some of the routes by adding another path because of the footprint that cannot be altered any further. Although many traffic issues would be solved by changing the landscape drastically, you don’t solve a problem by creating another two.

 

 

About toll roads though, Mike Heiligenstein said that toll roads are increasingly useful and they add to a roster of tools that can assist the CTRMA manage traffic and keep everything under control. Although they aren’t the cleanest solution, toll roads are part of the solution.

 

 

Mike Heiligenstein, the executive director, has decades of experience in managing traffic and analyzing new strategies to combat congestion and improve the transportation system.

 

 

He has been with CTRMA since the beginning of the agency, during some of the first projects ever implemented, and has personally monitored some of the fundamental changes that the independent organization has made to improve the traffic system in Texas.

 

Follow Mike Heiligenstein on Twitter @mheiligenstein.

 

May 26, 2017

Posted In: Transport System