Inaugural initiative of AARP and MedCity News showcases companies and
people delivering cutting-edge healthcare solutions for the 50+ market
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#HITsm—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
“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
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
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/.
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.
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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.
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