About the Temple of Garni

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.

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Dr. Peter Killcommons on the Pens 4 Peace Project

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.

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.

MedWeb Provides Telemedicine in Afghanistan and Armenia

La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club Image: lajollagtrotary.org

La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club
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Physician and philanthropist Peter “Pete” Killcommons is the CEO of MedWeb, a company that specializes in mobile medical technologies that can work in developing countries all over the world. In 2011, Peter Killcommons visited Yerevan, Armenia, as a keynote speaker for the First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress and to donate a telemedicine system to the Armenian Association of Telemedicine.

The presentation focused on MedWeb’s work implementing telemedicine in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, at the Nangahar University Hospital and Nangahar Public Hospital. MedWeb has been to Afghanistan twice, both times in partnership with the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, which has a sister city program in Jalalabad, and the Synergy Strike Force, a team of citizen scientists engaged in philanthropic causes.

The trips to Afghanistan provided a MedWeb Deployable Telemedicine Clinic, which includes a portable ultrasound, laptop, and MedWeb server, and also provided training on how to use the equipment. These portable clinics offer valuable accessible medical support in areas that may have been affected by war or natural disasters. The technology is designed to work even in situations where power and communications capabilities are limited. Donating such a clinic to the Armenian association may help provide support in underserved areas of that country as well.