First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress
As the CEO of Medweb, a San Francisco-based medical imaging company, Peter Killcommons, M.D., runs the radiology, telemedicine, and disaster response divisions and organizes the company’s philanthropy program. Pete Killcommons presented at the First Armenian International Congress on Telemedicine and eHealth held in Yerevan, Armenia, in 2011. He also donated a Medweb telemedicine system to the Armenian Telemedicine Association to aid in the development of medical services for rural and underdeveloped areas in Armenia.
The First Armenian International Congress on Telemedicine and eHealth brought in 287 people who took part in the event either in person or online. The Congress enjoyed success in several key areas. For the first time, renowned healthcare professionals gave lectures and presentations to individuals involved in Armenian Healthcare ITC. Speakers provided information on the current state of development and future prospects and reflected on the difficulties of building a program.
Armenians working in the field had an opportunity to showcase their experience and receive professional feedback. The Congress provided both domestic and international Healthcare ITC enthusiasts the opportunity to collaborate and develop partnerships, joint programs, and professional cooperation.
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.
Disaster Relief Efforts
As chief executive officer of Medweb in San Francisco, California, Peter “Pete” Killcommons manages the company’s radiology, telemedicine, and disaster response divisions. He has overseen the expansion of telemedicine in Cabo Verde, Africa, as well as home care for the elderly in Japan. In addition to his work at Medweb, Peter Killcommons supports various philanthropic organizations, such as the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross provides a number of charitable services, from frequent blood drives to life-saving CPR courses. The Red Cross also engages in disaster response efforts all around the world. Every 8 minutes, American Red Cross disaster relief personnel, 95 percent of which are volunteers, respond to an emergency, ranging from small accidents impacting single homes to natural disasters across multi-state regions. In total, the organization provides support on more than 63,000 unique relief efforts every year.
The Red Cross has provided continuous response in Haiti while also handling recent domestic events like Hurricane Matthew and Superstorm Sandy. Disaster response efforts also include awareness initiatives, such as the organization’s efforts to reduce deaths and injuries related to house fires, one of the most pressing dangers in the United States. Other common areas of focus include tornado relief, earthquake relief, and wildfire relief. To learn more about disaster relief services, including volunteer opportunities, visit www.redcross.org.