In 1992, Peter Killcommons, MD, founded WebMed, a firm that develops web-enabled telemedicine devices, in San Francisco. Before the advent of telemedicine, patients whose diagnosis or treatment required the involvement of a specialist generally had to be transported to the specialist, often requiring a significant expenditure of time and money. Telemedicine, using high-tech communication and imaging capabilities to enable real-time, long-distance collaboration on patient diagnosis and treatment, provides a shortcut. A dramatic example is a surgeon being guided in real time by a specialist hundreds or thousands of miles away, facilitated by live streaming video of the surgical procedure. Dr. Peter Killcommons continues his leadership in the field of telemedicine today, working closely with the U.S. military to ensure that its medical staff has the most reliable telemedicine equipment.
WebMed is very active philanthropically in supplying telemedical devices to practitioners worldwide, especially to support disaster recovery efforts. Immediately after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, WebMed provided several devices for use at Touro Hospital and aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort. In addition, it sent two servers and related WebMed equipment to the 240-bed Medishare tent hospital set up by the University of Miami at the airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, following the devastating 2010 earthquake.
Dr. Peter Killcommons is a medical doctor and a business professional who currently serves as chief executive officer of the San Francisco, California, medical imaging, teleradiology, and telemedicine company Medweb. Outside of the professional arena, he is an amateur pilot who belongs to several different flying clubs and aviation organizations. As a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Pete Killcommons helps support the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and other annual events.
Since its establishment in 1953, the EAA has grown to support more than 180,000 aviation enthusiasts who are passionate about recreational flying. Billed as “the world’s greatest aviation celebration,” AirVenture Oshkosh gathers more than 500,000 EAA members and likeminded individuals for seven days of aerobatic displays, hands-on workshops, and an array of aircraft from all eras of modern aviation. The event is held on a yearly basis in the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
After the sun goes down and the planes are grounded, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh offers a range of live musical concerts and Hollywood films that are projected on a giant outdoor screen. The event also features a nightly Theater in the Woods that presents special aviation programs that cover a variety of topics.
Dr. Peter “Pete” Killcommons is a medical doctor who is founder and CEO of MedWeb, a company that specializes in providing medical imaging, teleradiology, and telemedicine services. Due to his expertise in telemedicine, Dr. Peter Killcommons was invited as a keynote presenter at the First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress in October 2011.
The emergence of telemedicine has been brought about by the increasing number of technological advancements in the medical field. For example, telemedicine allows medical information to be exchanged across great distances through electronic communication. Even if the technology is already at least 40 years old, telemedicine continues to be a fast-growing field likely to be utilized on a much wider scale in coming decades.
There are a number of reasons why using telemedicine could be of advantage to patients. Foremost is its ability to connect patients with specialized services and relevant information that might otherwise by unavailable. The chance of miscommunication due to mediated communication is also mitigated, as the patient can talk directly to the specialist. During a telemedicine consultation, the specialist can also benefit from being able to assess a client personally, making diagnosis and treatment more accurate and effective.
A telemedicine expert, Dr. Peter Killcommons serves as the CEO of Medweb, a company he established more than two decades ago. In 2011, Dr. Peter Killcommons traveled to Armenia to share his knowledge at the First Armenian International Congress on Telemedicine and eHealth. During his visit, Dr. Pete Killcommons found time to visit historical sites, including the Temple of Garni.
With history dating back to approximately the first century BC, the Temple of Garni was constructed on top of an Urartian temple, facing east toward the rising sun. A shrine dedicated to the sun goddess of Mythra, the temple lies just over 31 miles northeast of modern day Erevan. Its structure, made completely of monolithic stones, contains no mortar; rather, builders carefully carved out pieces of stone, using Pythagorean and Platonic theories, to stack on top of one another creating a sound and solid structure.
Over the course of time, Garni faced challenges, such as the 1679 earthquake that destroyed the temple. However, by the 1970s, the structure was restored and today remains the only Greco-Roman temple in the Soviet Union to stand above ground.
Launched in 2011 in a collaborative effort between the Mission Viejo Police Services and the city’s Community of Character committee, Operation Pens 4 Peace strives to respond to the lack of education in Afghanistan where adult illiteracy ranges from 90 to 95 percent. Inspired by a letter that army captain Nick Clemente wrote home while training Afghan troops as police officers, the project collects pens, pencils, and papers to send overseas. While serving their country and seeking to prevent crime and terrorism, the new law enforcement officers will distribute these to citizens eager to learn and break out of the pit of illiteracy. Those interested in supporting this mission can make donations through local collection boxes or mail them directly.
About the author: Dr. Peter Killcommons currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the RIS/PACS solutions and telemedicine firm Medweb, a position he has held for nearly a decade. He also directs the company’s Philanthropic Outreach, which has provided disaster relief and aid to numerous countries worldwide, including Pakistan, Honduras, Peru, Haiti, and Afghanistan. Dr. Peter Killcommons supports Operation Pens 4 Peace through this program.