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Three Places to Visit in Cabo Verde

June 14, 2017

Cabo Verde

 

For more than 25 years, Peter (Pete) Killcommons has guided business operations as founder and CEO of Medweb, a telemedicine software and device developer in San Francisco, California. To expand the reach of telemedicine, Peter Killcommons has visited more than 50 countries, including Cabo Verde.

Also known as Cape Verde, Cabo Verde is a nation comprised of multiple islands off the coast of Africa. The country features a wide selection of beaches and unique landscapes as well as a variety of cultural sites. Here are a few to consider visiting:

1. Boa Vista. One of the lesser-known islands in Cabo Verde, Boa Vista sits roughly 400 miles off the African coast. Turtles nest there during the summer months, and there is no shortage of sand, which covers the majority of the island.

2. Porto Novo. This city on the island of Santo Antao is home to a large museum dedicated to telling the stories of African royalty. Government and colonial buildings complement the museum by adding to its history.

3. Fogo. Travelers arrive at Fogo when they fly to Cabo Verde. The island is home to Pico de Fogo, a volcano that tourists enjoy climbing. From start to finish, the climb takes about six hours.

ATA Extends Its First Accreditation of a Telehealth Certificate

June 5, 2017

 

About the Alameda Aero Club

May 15, 2017
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Alameda Aero Club
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As the CEO of medical technology company Medweb, I spend most of my time spearheading attempts to broaden the usage and development of technology for the betterment of the medical community. However, I also enjoy other pursuits, such as flying. As an amateur pilot, I value my membership with the Alameda Aero Club, a nonprofit entity that seeks to make flying accessible to members from a variety of backgrounds.

Now located at Oakland Airport, the Alameda Aero Club was founded in the 1980s and moved to its current location roughly 10 years ago. Its members, all flying enthusiasts, enjoy visiting the headquarters, a flight hanger at the Old T’s in Oakland’s North Field. The Alameda Aero Club welcomes all interested parties from the Bay Area to join its ranks; approximately 100 members currently belong to the club.

For the dual purposes of facilitating leisure flying and helping new flyers learn their way around aircrafts, the Alameda Aero Club owns and operates two Cessna 172 planes. A four-seat, single-engine plane, the Cessna 172 Skyhawk first flew in 1955 and is still in production. Members can rent either plane, Alameda Aero Club uses the fees to continue the club and maintain the planes.

In addition to the fee charged for renting the Cessna 172 planes, the Alameda Aero Club asks that members pay membership dues. These two financial channels are the club’s only sources of income, and all members participate in events on a volunteer basis. For more information on the Alameda Aero Club, visit www.alameda-aero.com.

About Dr. Peter Killcommons:

Dr. Peter Killcommons established Medweb in 1992. Based in San Francisco, California, Dr. Peter Killcommons and Medweb strive to deliver web-enabled secure telemedicine solutions to over 1,000 locations around the globe.

The ATA’s Mission of Educational Awareness

April 19, 2017
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American Telemedicine Association
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Dr. Peter “Pete” Killcommons is the CEO of Medweb, a medical software and device company based in San Francisco, California. At Medweb he directs the company’s radiology, telemedicine, and disaster response divisions, as well as Medweb’s philanthropy program. Telemedicine is a key division of the company, and Dr. Peter Killcommons has recently been traveling to numerous areas such as Cabo Verde, Africa, to help expand its use in developing countries. He also engages with the American Telemedicine Association in his free time.

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) is a professional organization dedicated to improving healthcare around the world through telehealth. Telemedicine/telehealth is a burgeoning field that integrates the medical field with the digital age through technology such as remote monitoring devices, consumer-focused wireless applications, and image transmission services.

The ATA’s mission focuses on increasing awareness of the field as well as improving the quality and affordability of medical care around the world. To help accomplish this, the organization’s Learning Center provides its members, as well as the general public, with educational seminars and events so that interested parties can stay aware of the ongoing improvements and developments in telemedicine. In addition, the Learning Center also records and makes available all of its public conferences and the aforementioned seminars (some free of charge and others for a fee) for easy perusal.

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.

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.