New Fisher House Slated for Columbia, Missouri

March 2, 2017
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Fisher House Foundation
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Dr. Peter “Pete” Killcommons currently serves as the CEO of MedWeb, a company that specializes in mobile medical technologies that can be deployed in developing countries. Outside of his professional life, Peter Killcommons is a longtime supporter of Fisher House.

Fisher House Foundation recently announced the selection of 14 new sites to place Fisher Houses, including Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Similar to the mission of Ronald McDonald Houses, Fisher Houses provide families crucial support by allowing them to live free of charge while their loved ones are receiving inpatient hospital treatment at VA medical centers.

Truman Memorial spokesman Stephen Gaither said that the hospital sees veterans from 43 surrounding counties, meaning that some families have to travel long distances for their loved ones to receive treatment. Fisher House Foundation president Dave Coker said he believes the Columbia Fisher House could begin construction as soon as 2018. Thus far, Fisher House Foundation is responsible for a total of 71 houses built near VA hospital facilities and military bases.


Grassroots Disaster Training for Youth through WorldCares Center

January 4, 2017
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WorldCares Center
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Peter (Pete) Killcommons, CEO of medical imaging and communications group Medweb, leads all aspects of company operations, including the group’s disaster response division. On a personal level, Peter Killcommons contributes to such relief organizations as the American Red Cross and World Cares Center.

Dedicated to helping communities prepare for and respond to disaster, WorldCares Center provides in an effort to achieve these goals a variety of grassroots training sessions. Programs are available to all members of the general public, who benefit from understanding their community’s needs and risk factors in a public emergency. WorldCares begins raising community awareness of these issues with its Grassroots Readiness and Response Overview training, which introduces participants to the resources they have and the skills they need to act appropriately during an emergency.

In addition, young citizens may participate in community awareness, disaster volunteering, and individual and family preparedness programs specifically designed for their age group. In these training programs, youth learn about the impact of natural and human-driven disasters while developing the leadership and problem-solving skills they would need in such a situation. Dedicated to empowering young people in disaster response, WorldCares also offers a youth-focused Train the Trainer series, which prepares participants to be emergency readiness leaders in their own communities.


Peter Killcommons Featured at Armenia’s International Telemedicine Conference

December 1, 2016
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First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress
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The founder and CEO of MedWeb, Peter Killcommons, MD, was a featured speaker at the First Armenian International Congress on Telemedicine and eHealth in Yerevan, Armenia. Held in October, 2011, Dr. Killcommons was one of 15 experts from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States invited to speak. An intercontinental audience of government representatives, investment, research, and healthcare executives, and university students attended the three-day program.

Dr. Killcommons spoke on his recent experience implementing telemedicine technology in collaboration with two hospitals in Afghanistan. A product of information technology, telemedicine is used, among its many applications, to transmit medical data, imaging, and health information, improving the access of medical services in remote regions around the world. A long-recognized philanthropist, as well as a pioneer in telemedicine and teleradiology, Dr. Killcommons made a donation to the Armenian Telemedicine Association of a MedWeb system, furthering the reach of medical services in the country’s less privileged areas.


MedWeb Provides Telemedicine in Afghanistan and Armenia

June 23, 2016
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La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club
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Physician and philanthropist Peter “Pete” Killcommons is the CEO of MedWeb, a company that specializes in mobile medical technologies that can work in developing countries all over the world. In 2011, Peter Killcommons visited Yerevan, Armenia, as a keynote speaker for the First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress and to donate a telemedicine system to the Armenian Association of Telemedicine.

The presentation focused on MedWeb’s work implementing telemedicine in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, at the Nangahar University Hospital and Nangahar Public Hospital. MedWeb has been to Afghanistan twice, both times in partnership with the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, which has a sister city program in Jalalabad, and the Synergy Strike Force, a team of citizen scientists engaged in philanthropic causes.

The trips to Afghanistan provided a MedWeb Deployable Telemedicine Clinic, which includes a portable ultrasound, laptop, and MedWeb server, and also provided training on how to use the equipment. These portable clinics offer valuable accessible medical support in areas that may have been affected by war or natural disasters. The technology is designed to work even in situations where power and communications capabilities are limited. Donating such a clinic to the Armenian association may help provide support in underserved areas of that country as well.


Advances in Telemedicine

May 25, 2016
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First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress
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As the CEO and founder of Medweb, Medical Imaging, Teleradiology, and Telemedicine located in San Francisco, California, Peter Killcommons, MD, is an expert in telemedicine. In addition to presenting at conferences regarding the methods of utilizing Internet telemedicine technologies to expand the reach of medical care and develop collaborative imaging networks, Dr. Pete Killcommons was the keynote presenter at the First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress in Yerevan, Armenia, in October 2011. At the event, Dr. Killcommons spoke on implementing telemedicine technology and donated a Medweb web-based telemedicine system to the Armenian Association of Telemedicine.

Telemedicine has made notable advances in recent years. Defined as a form of medical practice that uses telecommunications to treat patients in rural or hard-to-reach areas, telemedicine has become widely-accepted internationally. Additionally, more than 10,000 peer-reviewed papers have been published over the last twenty years in support of the practice.

Advances in networking, telecommunications systems, and cloud- and web-based technology have improved the practice of telemedicine. These advances include new services in the area of two-way video, email, smart phones, wireless connectivity and others. Together, these features help to enhance access, reduce cost of care, and meet consumer demand across the globe.


How MedWeb Helps in Afghanistan

April 12, 2016
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MedWeb
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Afghanistan is an area that stands to greatly benefit from modern medical technology, and with his company MedWeb, Dr. Peter (Pete) Killcommons offers a solution through telecommunications. With MedWeb, Peter Killcommons has travelled to the country at least a dozen times since 2008 to help set up opportunities for remote diagnosis, web conferencing, and other solutions for medical and educational aid.

As Afghan telecommunications companies increase their reach, information is more easily transmitted directly from the patient to doctors who might be anywhere in the world. With tools like web conferencing, medical cameras, and teleradiology, diagnosis and education have become much more accessible in remote areas. This advance is especially helpful for the women and children in Afghanistan who may not be able to travel easily without a male escort, so even individuals in remote rural communities can gain useful medical knowledge from home.

Since 2008, MedWeb has donated a portable ultrasound machine and laptop to the Afshar Women and Children’s Hospital, connected a webserver for telemedicine and teleradiology at Acomet Hospital, and donated video conferencing equipment to Nangarhar University Teaching Hospital. In 2011, MedWeb organized a video conference for OBGYN doctors at Nangarhar with the Holy Family Teaching Hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. This conference was the first of its kind and created a collaborative relationship among medical professionals across those borders that are maintained to this day.


VA-sponsored Study Suggests Telemedicine can Help Veterans with PTSD

March 11, 2016
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JAMA Psychiatry
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Peter (Pete) Killcommons, MD, CEO of Medweb, has been involved in telemedicine services for nearly 25 years. In addition to his extensive work in rural communities, Dr. Peter (Pete) Killcommons has worked extensively with the Armed Forces to provide high-quality health-care services in remote locations.

According to a landmark study published in JAMA Psychiatry and funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), researchers reported that as approximately 9 percent of the population enrolled in VA health services–more than a half million individuals–were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A range of treatment options exist for PTSD, but with 37 percent of veterans living in rural areas, a significant population faces geographical barriers to receiving specialized treatment at brick-and-mortar facilities.

However, a pilot VA telehealth program implemented in 2014 exhibited promising figures for rural inhabitants. The JAMA Psychiatry study showed a dramatic difference in cognitive processing therapy coverage–approximately 54.9 percent of veterans in the telehealth program received therapy, compared to 12.1 percent in standard care. Additionally, patients in the telehealth program showed larger improvements in post-traumatic diagnostic assessments. Throughout 2014, VA telehealth services served nearly 700,000 veterans, with more than half of them located in rural areas.


First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress

February 5, 2016
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First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress
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Founder and chief executive officer since 1992 of Medweb in San Francisco, Peter Killcommons, M.D., operates the firm’s radiology, telemedicine, and disaster programs. Dr. Pete Killcommons also heads the company’s philanthropy activities. Profiled by the San Francisco Chronicle for introducing medical imaging to the Internet, Dr. Peter Killcommons made a keynote speech at the 2011 First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress in Yerevan, Armenia.

Held from October 14 through 16, the First Armenian International Telemedicne Congress, ARMTELEMED: Road to the Future resulted in a number of achievements. Co-hosted in part by the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University and the American Telemedicine Association, the congress received high marks by those involved for meeting its objectives and serving as an historic event for healthcare technologies in Armenia.

The list of keynote speakers and faculty helped the congress to achieve its success. International speakers included well-known proponents of healthcare information and communication technologies. Germany’s International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH) president Michael Nerlich and Switzerland’s ISfTeH executive director Professor S. Yunkap Kwankam represent just two of the remarkable keynote speakers.

In addition to state-of-the-art lectures, there were opportunities for field workers to show their work to international colleagues.


The 2016 American Telemedicine Association Conference and Tradeshow

January 20, 2016
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American Telemedicine Association
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As CEO of medical imaging company Medweb, Peter Killcommons, is deeply involved in telemedicine, which is the electronic exchange of medical information to benefit patients. Peter (Pete) Killcommons belongs to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA).

ATA was founded in 1993–a time when telemedicine was becoming more prominent, especially in providing health care to remote areas–to assist in integrating telemedicine into the delivery of health-care services around the world. The general mission of ATA is to promote ethical, efficient, and professional health care through telemedicine and information technology. It seeks to do this by educating medical professionals, providing access to resources, and promoting research, among other actions.

For over 20 years, ATA’s annual conference and tradeshow has been a major event for the organization and for telemedicine in general. It has long been a chance for professionals in the many areas linked to telemedicine to meet, network, learn, and exchange ideas.

In 2016, ATA will host its conference and tradeshow at the Minneapolis Convention Center on May 14-17. Expected are an estimated 6,000 attendees, including professionals from traditional medicine, medical technology, academe, and the government. The conference will include peer-reviewed sessions, keynote presentations, and over 300 companies displaying their products and services.


About the Armenian Association of Telemedicine

January 7, 2016

The founder and chief executive officer of Medweb, Peter Killcommons runs the teleradiology, telemedicine, and medical imaging company from offices in San Francisco, California. As part of his commitment to medicine and healthcare, Pete has helped to install medical equipment and train doctors at several international locations, including Afghanistan. A leader in the telemedicine field, Peter Killcommons was a keynote speaker at the first Armenian Telemedicine Congress, which was sponsored in part by the Armenian Association of Telemedicine (AATM).

Founded in 2008, the Armenian Association of Telemedicine is dedicated to developing and leading the eHealth and telemedicine field throughout Armenia and the world. To achieve its goals, AATM helps coordinate efforts between local stakeholders and international associations, creates and administers educational activities, and assists in the legislative process. Telemedicine holds socioeconomic benefits for countries with limited resources, like Armenia. The technology, which does not require travel to urban areas, is most valuable for people who live in rural and underserved areas, including children, pregnant women, and senior citizens with chronic diseases.

Currently, AATM is sponsoring several ongoing projects to improve the industry. In addition to promoting and creating public awareness of telemedicine, the organization is developing a cloud-based platform for telemedicine and eHealth. Planned features for the scalable platform include a mobile interface for smartphones and tablets, the ability to connect to peripheral devices, and standardized health records for patients that include all related information, whether created by the physician or the patient.