Independa takes in $1.6 million for tablet telecare

Ronny Kerr · September 22, 2011 · Short URL:

At the crossroads of technology and health, this seed funded startup seeks to aid caregivers

Independa, provider of a “telecare” health monitoring solution, announced Thursday that it has secured $1.6 million in funding from southern California VC firms Miramar Venture Partners and City Hill Ventures. Additionally, the decidedly northern Californian Silicon Valley Bank contributed $200,000 in debt financing.

Designed for family members and caregivers who need to keep a close watch over elderly loved ones and other care recipients, Independa organizes all the scattered details involved in providing care. The service, called Angela, launched in June.

With Angela, you can enter appointments for social engagements and schedule doctor’s appointments in the smart calendar and Independa will send out a call reminder. You can set reminders to take/administer medications as well.

Another cool feature for posterity: connect with care recipients over the phone through Independa, and the service will save a recording of the call for you to listen or save for the future.

"We consider this funding a strong endorsement of Independa's expansion and growth strategy," said CEO Kian Saneii in the release. "It leaves us well-positioned to continue broadening our integrated telecare platform prudently as we take advantage of mounting interest in telehealth solutions in general and in elder care in particular."

Angela is a tablet-based service, offering caregivers an easy, mobile access point to monitoring the needs of their patient. Complete with visual notifications and telephone alerts, Independa could be a powerful tool in the health world.
Saneii says the company will be adding wireless health and safety platforms to the service later this year.

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