Medweb Partners with Rotary Club in Bringing Telemedicine to Kosovo

Northern California entrepreneur Dr. Peter “Pete” Killcommons is an established presence in the teleradiology and telemedicine sphere who guides the industry innovator Medweb. Having provided solutions that enable more responsive, higher quality care worldwide, Dr. Peter Killcommons has participated in a number of philanthropic endeavors.

One example is a partnership with the Rotary International Fund and local Rotary Club chapters in providing rural Kosovo communities with telemedicine options for specialty consultations. Involving the Edwards, Colorado and Gjakova-Cabrati, Kosovo Rotary Club chapters, the 2016 initiative “TeleMedicine for Rural Family Medicine Centers-Gjakova” centered on procuring and installing donated digital medical equipment, as well as connection nodes, at the Main Family Medicine Center of Gjakova.

In total, three laptops and 30 medical devices were contributed, with an aim of seamlessly linking secondary and tertiary care with primary health care capacities. As part of this complex undertaking, Medweb Handheld Telemedicine Kits (HTK) were acquired that package software tools and equipment in one robust, easy-to-use system. In addition, training of Gjakova medical staff was provided by US physicians and Medweb engineering staff.

Study Showed Telemedicine Reduced Transfer Rates in Cabo Verde

Peter “Pete” Killcommons serves as the CEO of Medweb, a platform providing diverse health care solutions for health care systems and medical professionals. Among his recent projects, Peter Killcommons traveled to Cabo Verde, Africa, to support the growth of telemedicine.

A 2020 study showed some of the results of the application of telemedicine in Cabo Verde. It analyzed the Cabo Verde Telemedicine program’s (CVTP) telemedicine consultations, transfer data, clinical specialty, and patient demographics between 2014 and 2018. The International Virtual e-Hospital Foundation launched the CVTP in 2012 to furnish telemedicine solutions in Cabo Verde.

Among its key findings, the study identified CVTP’s most popular telemedicine clinical specialties were in the areas of urology, cardiology, neurology, general surgery, otolaryngology, orthopedic surgery, dermatology, and endocrinology. Further, it revealed an overall 34.3 percent transfer rate. As research papers such as “Teledermatology reduces dermatology referrals and improves access to specialists” have noted, this low percentage shows a 65 percent reduction of in-person consultations as the result of implementing telemedicine solutions in the island country.

ATA Conducting Research on Accelerated Adoption of Telehealth

Dr. Peter “Pete” Killcommons has decades of experience as a healthcare executive running Medweb, a medical technology and telemedicine company based out of San Francisco, California. An advocate for telehealth, Dr. Peter Killcommons donates telehealth equipment to hospitals across the world and is a member of the American Telehealth Association (ATA).

As an organization completely committed to advancing telehealth, the practice of medicine delivered via electronic and communications technologies, ATA is running initiatives geared toward educating health industry stakeholders on the benefits of telehealth and how it can support value-based care. Two of its current initiatives are research projects on the future of virtual care and the importance of training clinicians on the effective use of telehealth.

The future of virtual care is being driven by changing patient preferences that favor individualistic care models. Virtual visits, virtual consultationss, and remote monitoring are gaining traction while hospital footprints are contracting. As new technologies are developed, more diagnosis and care will occur at home. ATA will conduct research to gather healthcare practitioners’ predictions for the future of virtual care.

With regard to clinician training, ATA believes that organizations that train clinicians on the effective use of telehealth will enjoy the greatest rewards in the coming years. While telehealth has been in existence for over three decades, ATA opines that the shift to a value-based model of care as well as technological advancements will thrust telehealth to the core of healthcare delivery, proving its value over conventional care models. However, trained clinicians will be integral to coordinating care through the new model. ATA will conduct research to ascertain whether organizations that do this will enjoy greater benefits in the future.

ATA Calls on Infectious Disease Physicians to Publish Data on Outcomes

Dr. Peter “Pete” Killcommons is an MD who runs the medical software and device company Medweb. An advocate of telemedicine, Dr. Peter Killcommons is a member of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA).

On December 18, 2019, ATA published an article discussing the effectiveness of telemedicine in the treatment of infectious diseases. The article followed the release of a study by Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis which evaluated relevant medical studies from 1997 to 2019 to review evidence on telemedicine’s effectiveness in treating infectious diseases. Specifically, investigators wanted to learn the methods used in conducting telemedicine and outcomes recorded in terms of mortality, readmission, cost, patient satisfaction, adherence to treatment, and length of stay.

Initially, researchers pooled 1,154 studies before finally narrowing them down to 18. They found that the most common type of telemedicine was videoconferencing, followed by telephone, and then physician-to-physician. When it came to outcomes, however, the studies tended to prioritize different outcomes, making it hard for researchers to gather scientifically conclusive data. For example, only one study tracked readmission 30 days after discharge, three tracked mortality, two tracked patient adherence, and four studied cost. Patient satisfaction was the most studied outcome with nine studies tracking it. Six of the studies showed satisfaction rates of above 97 percent.

Investigators concluded by affirming that telemedicine has the potential to bring expertise on infectious disease to underserved areas, reducing mortality rates while improving clinical outcomes. They also called upon clinicians to provide more data on telemedicine for infectious disease treatment, a call that was echoed by ATA.

ATA Commends FCC on its Connected Care Pilot Program

Peter “Pete” Killcommons is the CEO of Medweb, a radiology and telemedicine company in San Francisco, California. Committed to promoting the growth of telemedicine, Peter Killcommons is a member of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA).

ATA recently applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its announcement of a $100 million Connected Care Pilot program. The pilot program, according to ATA, would be a monumental step toward advancing telehealth to people in low-income and rural areas of the country while transforming how healthcare is delivered.

The advances made by telehealth have resulted in a shift in how healthcare access is measured. Before, proximity to a hospital was the benchmark. Today, it is access to broadband connectivity. In the 21st century, advanced telecommunications technology has made it possible for people in rural areas to receive medical care by simply interacting with medical professionals through devices.

Over the next three years, the FCC will deploy $100 million to develop telehealth and virtual care programs. It will also assist healthcare providers in defraying the cost of broadband connectivity to improve access to healthcare for all Americans.