A respected leader in the field of telemedicine, Dr. Peter (Pete) Killcommons has served as the CEO of Medweb in San Francisco for more than 25 years. To augment this work, Dr. Peter Killcommons stays abreast of current events in his field and important topics in medicine through membership in organizations such as the American Medical Association (AMA).
The AMA recently appealed to leaders of major tech and social media companies to join in the fight against misinformation regarding the safety and efficacy of vaccines. Major platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google’s search engine have become platforms for advertisements specifically targeting parents who are looking for information about vaccines, spreading false information about their safety. The AMA once again reaffirmed that vaccines are the best and safest way to fight certain preventable diseases and prevent them from spreading to individuals who cannot be vaccinated because they are either too young or have medical conditions that prevent them from receiving vaccines.
The AMA also pointed to the recent outbreaks of measles in communities across the United States as evidence that vaccines are necessary. Consequently, the organization believes access to reliable information and protections against false advertising are vital to ensure the public has a correct view of the safety and efficacy of vaccines.
American Telemedicine Association
The chief executive officer of Medweb, Peter “Pete” Killcommons oversees company-wide operations, including running its radiology, disaster response, and telemedicine divisions. Among his professional activities, Peter Killcommons maintains membership with the American Telemedicine Association.
A nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., the American Telemedicine Association
(ATA) counts more than 10,000 healthcare professionals as members. It is the only association dedicated entirely to telehealth, and its members include a wide range of individuals working in the field of technology-enabled care. Here are three reasons to join the ATA:
1. Gain access to tools, content, and resources through the ATA resource library. Some examples of resources include the Business Connect virtual B2B marketplace, webinar recordings, e-learning programs, and practice guidelines, white papers, and reports.
2. Shape legislation as well as stay up-to-date on legislation impacting telehealth. Members receive access to the ATA’s monthly public policy webinar, updates on its regulatory activity, and its library of telehealth legislation.
3. Gain leadership experience by joining one of the ATA’s state forums, regional groups, and/or special interest groups.
American Telemedicine Association
A successful entrepreneur and telemedicine advocate, Dr. Peter Killcommons holds degrees from the City College of New York and an MD from New York Medical College. Dr. Peter (Pete) Killcommons serves as the founder and CEO of Medweb, a medical imaging and telemedicine firm located in San Francisco, California.
In addition to his work, Dr. Killcommons holds membership with professional organizations that include the American Medical Association and the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). A nonprofit association, ATA advocates for over 10,000 telemedicine industry leaders and professionals from its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The organization actively works to expand the visibility and utilization of telehealth for its membership through advocacy and events such as an annual conference.
The ATA annual conference, known as ATA19 in 2019, is scheduled for April 14-16 in New Orleans. The event offers an opportunity for attendees to enjoy the largest telemedicine event in the world. In addition to offering educational opportunities, ATA19 provides a leading networking platform for industry professionals. Moreover, conferees have access to an exhibition hall that features the latest telehealth innovations. For additional information on the event, visit www.americantelemed.org.
Drawing on decades of experience in the medical field, Dr. Peter (Pete) Killcommons currently serves as the chief executive officer of Medweb. Also the founder of the telemedicine solutions company, Dr. Peter Killcommons helps facilitate the delivery of web-enabled services for medical branches such as dermatology, ophthalmology, radiology, and other specialties.
A survey conducted in late 2017 revealed several trends regarding the reliance on telemedicine by healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs). The survey was sent to more than 300 clinical professionals in Canada and the United States.
Data shows that 75 percent of HDOs are using or are planning to use telemedicine solutions. Telehealth, in fact, is now among the top four investment priorities of HDOs.
The survey also found that while some patients are still reluctant to rely on telemedicine to address their health conditions, the number of receptive patients is expected to grow in the coming years years. This growth is due to the continuous development and exposure of telehealth practices and technologies.