The CEO of Medweb, Dr. Peter”Pete” Killcommons has been working in the telehealth space for decades. Dr. Peter Killcommons is also a dedicated philanthropist and has contributed both financial aid and medical expertise to struggling populations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kosovo, and several other countries.
Amidst the COVID-19 health crisis, Medweb is offering free access to its teledermatology solutions for a minimum of 90 days. Telemedicine, as a whole, is proving to be an important resource during the pandemic by bridging the gap between physicians and patients, especially those showing symptoms, without increasing the risk of in-person transmission. Following up on respiratory infections daily is much easier and less risky with telemedicine providers.
Despite enormous benefits to both patients and healthcare workers, there are significant obstacles to its widespread implementation. Most hospitals and private practices aren’t equipped to deliver that kind of care. Policymakers and providers are trying to increase the reach of telehealth technologies but it’s an uphill battle on such short notice.