Speakers at the First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress

 

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The First Annual AIT Congress

 

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First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress
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A physician, medical imaging expert, and philanthropist, Dr. Peter Killcommons served as the keynote speaker at the First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress in Yerevan, Armenia, in October 2011. Held on the campus of Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) State University (RAU), the Congress included 287 participants, more than 50 of whom were international residents. The event was co-hosted by the Armenian Association of Telemedicine and the Union of Information Technology Enterprises, as well as global non-governmental organizations Armenian Telemedicine Association and the Society for Telemedicine and eHealth.

Dr. Pete Killcommons provided the Congress with details about his recent work with Nangahar University Hospital and Nangahar Public Hospital to bring a modern, computerized telemedicine system to eastern Afghanistan. The Congress also featured a variety of scientific sessions, lectures, panel discussions, and roundtable discussions on the subjects of telemedicine technologies, commerce, and education.

The primary goals of the Armenian International Telemedicine Congress are to allow Armenians interested in health information and communication technology (ICT) to communicate with an international audience; to provide a venue for local, regional, and international health ICT professionals to meet each other; and to facilitate opportunities for global ICT professionals to share their work with the general public.

Telemedicine Advocate Pete Killcommons Gives Keynote Presentation

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Accomplished physician and philanthropist Dr. Pete Killcommons gave the keynote presentation at the First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress, speaking about the inherent challenges of expanding telemedicine practices in underserved areas of Afghanistan.

Telemedicine is a broad term that refers to the exchange of medical information through electronic communication. For example, this can mean video chatting between a general physician and a specialist, the exchange of x-rays, or even assistance in diagnosis, among other things. Though heavily reliant on current technology, telemedicine is indispensable to residents of rural areas who do not have easy access to health care.

The Congress, including 287 physicians, technology professionals, and students, allowed attendees to discuss the possibilities of future collaboration as telemedicine becomes increasingly available. While in Armenia, Dr. Peter Killcommons donated a web-based system to help Armenian medical practitioners in underserved areas.

Dr. Pete Killcommons has traveled internationally to donate time and resources to hospitals and medical personnel. He is the founder and CEO of Medweb, which provides a web-based platform to address telemedicine needs.

Success for the First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress

 

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First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress
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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.

WebMed’s Philanthropical Outreach

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.