About Us



Welcome to Ankota™, where our mission is to enable the heroes who care for the elderly and disabled living at home to focus on care rather than tech.

Ankota's primary solutions are as follows

  • Home Care Management Software for Medicaid Agencies with Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)
  • Home Care Management software for Private Duty Agencies
  • Adult Day Health Care management software
  • Other solutions for organizations who care for the elderly and disabled living at home (please inquire)


Ken Accardi, MBA, CEO

Ken Accardi, MBA, CEO

Ken was born with a leg issue and couldn't walk until he was 14. The medical attention and surgeries from his childhood led to a passion for healthcare.  Ken was a Chief Information Officer at GE Healthcare (NYSE:GE) and VP at Tele Atlas (sold to TomTom (AMS:TOM2)). Ken has also served as CTO for iGetBetter, MedNest, iHope Network and IkaSystems (sold to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan). Ken has been a keynote speaker at numerous national conferences (Medtrade, DecisionHealth, Connected Health), and a lecturer at Harvard, MIT, Bentely, Babson College and UMass. Ken also serves as a mentor for the MassChallenge accelerator. Ken has an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College, an MS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech, and a BS in Engineering from Bucknell.

Sara Moore PMP, COO


Sara has dedicated her career to project management with an emphasis on process improvement and change management. Before Ankota, her focus was in healthcare administration specifically in Adult/Pediatric Therapy, Orthopedics, Private Duty Home Care and Skilled Nursing Facilities.   Sara brings a combination of industry, administrative and technological insight to focus on implementation, documentation, and training to support our customers.

Carmen Popa, CTO



Carmen is Ankota's Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and has been with the team since the start. She is an outstanding software architect and team leader who has conceptualized and evolved Ankota into the highly configurable next generation platform that it is today.

Joel Merle-Smith, VP of Sales

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Joel is a healthcare futurist with 20+ years of IT expertise and a strong home care pedigree. He was the leading sales person for CareAnyware, which was sold to Brightree (and subsequently sold to Resmed). Prior to that, Joel and Ken worked together at ViryaNet (sold to Verisae and subsequently to Accruent). Joel focuses on building strong personal relationships with individuals and also with markets. Specifically he makes it a point to be present in the geographies served by Ankota so that community needs (often driven by state Medicaid and Managed Care programs) are anticipated and met.

Jeremy Jed Hammel, Marketing Director and Customer Success Lead

Jeremy has worked with Ankota in a number of marketing roles since 2014, including inbound and outbound initiatives, writing blogs, running our webinars, and even Customer Support.  He is an avid film buff and filmmaker, and loves building community through technology.