In 2014, approximately 14.5 million people in the US living with cancer and that number is predicted to reach around 19 million by 2024. While cancer is something we would prefer not to think about, approximately 40 percent of adults in the United States will receive a diagnosis. Eric Lefkofsky is looking to change how we view and treat cancer and other diseases with his technology driven company Tempus. Tempus looks to revolutionize the healthcare industry to making the piles of data related to healthcare not only accessible but understandable.
While the healthcare industry may appear to be ahead of the times when it comes to technology and data, that is woefully untrue. Eric Lefkofsky quickly learned this after his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. He realized despite all the tests and information collected about her condition, the information was ineffectively stored even with the aid of electronic health records and this needed to be changed.
Tempus views its product as an operating system for cancer treatment, not only collecting the traditional data in an easier to understand manner but also pushing for less commonly collected information to be utilized and stored such as genetic sequencing. By accessing an individual patient’s genome, doctors can essentially have instructions as to what treatments could work best for their particular disease and also what risks this patient could be facing in the future according to their own DNA.
Before focusing on the healthcare industry, Eric Lefkofsky was already a juggernaut in the field of technology. He left his position of CEO at Groupon to focus on his passion project Tempus. Along with Groupon, he also co-founded the company Lightbank, a technology investor based out of Chicago instead of Silicon Valley that focuses on “disruptive” companies and technologies that change the business dynamic of previously existing industries.
Along with his entrepreneurial skills, Lefkofsky and his wife are dedicated philanthropists. The two are so dedicated that in 2013 they pledged to donate at least half of their accumulated wealth in their lifetimes. The pair have already donated millions to the advancement of cancer treatment.
Betsy DeVos is a reformer and she has been one her entire life. So, it only stands to reason that she will be a reformer at the highest levels of political office. President Donald J. Trump nominated Betsy DeVos to the position of Secretary of Education in order to overlook the entire Department of Education. The nomination was largely met with silence as DeVos was not on the national radar. Yet, in nominating Betsy DeVos, President Trump made good on one of his core campaign promises: to give a voice to outsiders who would have otherwise been left behind in the dust. Betsy DeVos got off to a rocky start during her confirmation hearing, but those unwilling to look past that hearing to the greater work of the new Secretary of Education are falling into a trap that few can afford to in this political climate. Rest assured, Betsy DeVos is a political pugilist, a bulldog, and a fighter. Let’s learn more about DeVos’ rise to the highest rungs of the political ladder.
Betsy DeVos comes from Michigan and she was born in a town named Holland. In Michigan (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/04/06/what-is-education-secretary-betsy-devos-doing-with-the-rapper-pitbull-in-miami/?utm_term=.dac9eddf93b8), DeVos was raised to follow three important things: family, faith, and her conservative values. Betsy DeVos would take these three traits and focus on them as she grew up which eventually led her to pursue higher education at Calvin College. At Calvin College, Betsy DeVos would first fall in love with politics as she became involved throughout campus. From there, Betsy would go on to lead a political action committee while spending six years as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. Betsy DeVos was getting experience and she was using it to engineer her rise to the top, all while becoming one of the most prominent and powerful voice for conservative educational reform known as school choice.
Betsy DeVos says of the future of school choice, made initially popular by Milton Friedman, “I’ve never been more optimistic.” DeVos goes on to point out that there are 33 publicly-funded institutions that follow the school choice program through 17 states. More than a quarter of a million students are enrolled in the aforementioned programs and with DeVos in the Department of Education, those numbers could jump in a large way. DeVos has been effective on the state level and now she is going to be handed the keys to the national program and we expect great changes in the future.