Charles Lee, MD, First Databank, Named an AARP 50+ Innovation Leader

Inaugural initiative of AARP and MedCity News showcases companies and people delivering cutting-edge healthcare solutions for the 50+ market

Loading media player...

Improve Medication Adherence with Simplified Medication Instructions | FDB | Meducation®

???pagination.previous??? ???pagination.next???

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--()--FDB (First Databank, Inc.), the leading provider of drug and medical device knowledge that helps healthcare professionals make precise decisions, announced that Charles Lee, MD, senior director, clinical knowledge, FDB, was named one of the healthcare industry’s 50+ Innovation Leaders, an AARP initiative administered by MedCity News to recognize entrepreneurs, companies and ideas behind innovative new products and services for Americans aged 50 and older. The winners of the inaugural 50+ Innovation Leaders program were revealed today during the AARP Innovation@50+ Live Pitch event by representatives of MedCity News and AARP.

“AARP works to empower people to choose how they live as they age,” said Jeffrey Makowka, AARP’s director of market innovation. “We are pleased to join MedCity News in showcasing entrepreneurs who are driving change and improvements in the healthcare industry for the more than 100 million Americans aged 50 and older. We congratulate the remarkable winners who have been recognized by their peers for their innovation leadership.”

Dr. Charles Lee has advocated to reduce disparities in access to health information for underserved populations since he immigrated to the U.S. with his Korean family at age seven. Even then, he noticed that his grandmother struggled to understand her medication instructions, an issue one third of Americans face due to low health literacy and language barriers. After becoming a board-certified internal medicine physician, his immigrant experience compelled him to learn more about health literacy, medical education software development and instructional design.

In 2001, Dr. Lee founded Polyglot Systems, recently acquired by FDB, and invented Meducation®, a cloud-based technology that enables providers to create personalized patient medication instructions in more than 20 languages, including drug, dose and time of day. They are written at a 5th-8th grade reading level and presented in intuitive formats, including large fonts, pictograms and videos. Meducation helps reduce medication errors, but also improves patient medication adherence and readmission rates - at one hospital by more than 18%. Dr. Lee received the Triangle Business Journal’s 2007 Healthcare Heroes Award and the U.S. Small Business Administration Tibbetts Award for his work in healthcare and technology.

In late 2016, MedCity News and AARP issued a call for nominations for entrepreneurs, investors, companies and nonprofit collaborations. Determined by a reader vote, the winners include leaders and companies offering healthcare delivery, medication management and smart wearables. The full list of winners can be seen at medcitynews.com/50-plus-innovation-leaders/.

About AARP

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

About MedCity News

MedCity News is the leading online news source for the business of innovation in healthcare. We offer insight into what’s next and what matters with a mix of breaking news and analysis on startups and established industry leaders, personalities, policies and the most important deals. Learn more at www.medcitynews.com or follow @medcitynews on social media.

About FDB

FDB is the leading provider of drug and medical device knowledge that helps healthcare professionals make precise decisions. With thousands of customers worldwide, FDB enables our information system developer partners to deliver valuable, useful, and differentiated solutions. We offer more than three decades of experience in transforming medical knowledge into actionable, targeted, and effective solutions that help improve patient safety, operational efficiency, and healthcare outcomes. For a complete look at our solutions and services, please visit www.fdbhealth.com or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Hearst Health

FDB is part of the Hearst Health network, which also includes Zynx Health, MCG, Homecare Homebase, MedHOK, Hearst Health International, Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab (www.hearsthealth.com). The mission of Hearst Health is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person's health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from the Hearst Health network reaches 84 percent of discharged patients, 177 million insured individuals, 60 million home health visits, and 3.1 billion dispensed prescriptions.

©2017 First Databank, Inc. Part of the Hearst Health network. All trademarks mentioned herein are the properties of their respective owners.

Contacts

First Databank (FDB)
Denise Apcar, 650-872-4514
dapcar@fdbhealth.com

Release Summary

FDB's Charles Lee, MD, inventor of Meducation®, named an AARP 50+ Innovation Leader which recognizes entrepreneurs, companies and ideas behind innovative new products for Americans aged 50 and older.

Contacts

First Databank (FDB)
Denise Apcar, 650-872-4514
dapcar@fdbhealth.com