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Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards

Independa Inc.

Kian Saneii

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The American spirit may be eternally young, but the fact remains that the U.S. population is getting older. Kian Saneii, the CEO of Independa, is well aware of that fact, and he wants to change the nature of elderly care in America.

Independa offers technology-enabled, independent-living solutions for senior citizens. The company’s service allows organizations and individuals to cost-effectively help the elderly remain independent longer, more safely and more comfortably. The firm’s products can run through the television, allowing senior citizens to connect with caregivers through emails, phone calls or text messages, without having to learn new skills or technology.

Saneii founded the company in 2009. He had seen his parents help care for his grandmother. Observing his father call several times a day to check on her and remind her to take her medications, Kian said, “There has to be a better way.” He founded Independa to create a comprehensive set of solutions to enable caregivers to “be there,” regardless of their physical distance.

The company’s service works with wireless health devices and home sensors for remote activity monitoring. Independa’s system allows caregivers or senior citizens to track medication, set calendar reminders, support daily living, and even record life stories that can be shared with other family members and loved ones. All reminders and features appear over normal television programming without disrupting the care recipient.

The company’s platform can be adapted to just about any market. Saneii believes that the combination of the graying of America, skyrocketing health care and eldercare costs, the availability of cost-effective wireless health and environmental sensors, and the technological revolution in secure communication applications, all means that Independa’s services will be in demand for the foreseeable future. The service is set to debut in Australia, and other international versions of the system will soon be available.

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