The 8th Annual Patient Experience Summit


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Patient Experience Summit

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Dr. Peter “Pete” Killcommons is the founder and CEO of Medweb, a San Francisco, California-based medical company that provides telemedicine and teleradiology solutions. Active in his field, Peter Killcommons, MD, is a member of the American Medical Association (AMA).

Founded in 1845, the AMA endeavors to improve healthcare and has played an important role in the progress of medicine in the United States. It will be co-sponsoring the 8th Patient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit, to be held on May 22-24, 2017, at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The theme of this year’s summit is “Empathy by Design.”

The inter-professional conference focuses on finding groundbreaking means to establish and maintain a human-centered environment for patients. The affair features a lineup of accomplished speakers, workshops, panel discussions, and exhibits. Expected participants include philanthropists, healthcare CEOs, policymakers, patient-experience leaders, industry experts, patients, and major stakeholders.

Last year’s summit was attended over 2,000 participants from 45 states and close to 40 countries. The attendees represented hundreds of healthcare systems, businesses, and hospitals from all over the world.


What is Telemedicine?

As the founder and chief executive officer of Medweb in San Francisco, Peter Killcommons has been recognized as an expert in the fields of medical imaging and telemedicine. At the First Armenian International Congress on Telemedicine and eHealth, Peter Killcommons led a forum on building collaborative telemedicine networks in Afghanistan. Pete Killcommons is also a member of the American Telemedicine Association. Telemedicine describes the use of two-way video, smart phones, wireless tools, and other telecommunication applications in the medical field. Aimed at improving patient care, telemedicine streamlines the delivery of medical information from one site to another.
Over the past four decades, the medical community has continually improved the process of delivering accurate and timely patient medical records to and from remote locations. Telemedicine is not a separate service offered by health care institutions and providers; health care professionals use it in sync with traditional medical practices to access video conferencing, remote monitoring of vital signs, continuing medical education programs, and nursing call centers. In addition, telemedicine is useful for primary care and specialist referral services, where diagnostic treatment requires providers to view the patients’ vital signs and data.

Fourth Balkan Telemedicine Seminar

An experienced San Francisco physician, Dr. Peter (Pete) Killcommons serves as CEO of the medical imaging and telemedicine company Medweb. He is also an industry expert and international philanthropist who has advised numerous telemedicine professionals in developing nations. In November of 2010, Dr. Peter Killcommons lectured at the Fourth Intensive Balkan Telemedicine and e-Health Seminar in Podgorica, Montenegro.

Sponsored by the International Virtual e-Hospital, the Fourth Intensive Balkan Telemedicine and e-Health Seminar was dedicated to advancing current principles and modalities of clinical applications and evidence-based outcomes as they relate to technological practices in the fields of telemedicine and eHealth. An advanced course, the seminar featured lectures that taught the fundamentals of telemedicine using an integrated and multidisciplinary approach.

The Podgorica seminar also advocated for the construction of a comprehensive telemedicine and eHealth system that can help rebuild a modern healthcare infrastructure after the Balkan political unrest and ethnic fighting of the 1990s. In previous years, industry professionals have gathered for the Balkan Telemedicine Seminar in Skopje, Macedonia; Prishtina, Kosova; and Tirana, Albania.

Telemedicine Explained

Medical executive Peter “Pete” Killcommons is the chief executive officer of Medweb, a medical imaging and teleradiology company based in San Francisco. In this capacity, Peter Killcommons oversees all business activity at the company, including itstelemedicine division.

Defined as the use of electronic communications to transmit medical information from one place to another, telemedicine has gained considerable momentum in recent years. Originally used as a way to deliver healthcare to patients living in remote areas, telemedicine has become an integral part of many hospitals’ operational structure. Telemedicine has begun appearing in several other healthcare applications, including home health agencies, private physician offices, and consumer homes.

While not a medical specialty in itself, telemedicine is widely used by primary care physicians seeking the assistance of a specialist. For example, if a patient visits his or her primary care physician with medical imaging, the physician may send the images to a remote radiologist, who can make an immediate diagnosis. Not only does telemedicine improve physicians’ ability to deliver quality treatment, but it also corrects many inefficiencies in hospital communication systems.

Pete Killcommons Discusses Medicine, Computer Technology, and Eastern Afghanistan at Recent Conference


Peter Killcommons

As the keynote speaker at the First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress in Yerevan, Armenia, Dr. Pete Killcommons spoke about the challenge of integrating telemedicine technology in Eastern Afghanistan. The talk centered on an ongoing telemedicine project developed in partnership with Nangahar University Hospital and Nangahar Public Hospital, two medical institutions in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Dr. Pete Killcommons donated an internet-based telemedicine unit to the Armenian Telemedicine Association, which it will use to advance treatment for underserved Armenians. Furthermore, he discussed important matters with experts from Russia, Germany, Austria, and other European nations, who joined local experts from Yerevan in determining future collaborative projects.

Besides his contribution to the Congress, Dr. Killcommons visited Armenian villages, enjoyed a picnic in the classic style, and saw an ancient temple. He was also presented with a bottle of high-quality Armenian Cognac.