American Telemedicine Association
Dr. Peter “Pete” Killcommons is the CEO of Medweb, a medical software and device company based in San Francisco, California. At Medweb he directs the company’s radiology, telemedicine, and disaster response divisions, as well as Medweb’s philanthropy program. Telemedicine is a key division of the company, and Dr. Peter Killcommons has recently been traveling to numerous areas such as Cabo Verde, Africa, to help expand its use in developing countries. He also engages with the American Telemedicine Association in his free time.
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) is a professional organization dedicated to improving healthcare around the world through telehealth. Telemedicine/telehealth is a burgeoning field that integrates the medical field with the digital age through technology such as remote monitoring devices, consumer-focused wireless applications, and image transmission services.
The ATA’s mission focuses on increasing awareness of the field as well as improving the quality and affordability of medical care around the world. To help accomplish this, the organization’s Learning Center provides its members, as well as the general public, with educational seminars and events so that interested parties can stay aware of the ongoing improvements and developments in telemedicine. In addition, the Learning Center also records and makes available all of its public conferences and the aforementioned seminars (some free of charge and others for a fee) for easy perusal.
American Telemedicine Association
Dr. Peter Killcommons founded Medweb, a medical imaging and telemedicine company, 21 years ago. He serves the company as chief executive officer and directs numerous divisions including telemedicine and disaster response. In October 2011, Dr. Pete Killcommons spoke at the First Armenian International Telemedicine Conference, where he espoused the benefits and difficulties of using telemedicine in Eastern Afghanistan. Dr. Peter Killcommons complements decades of hands-on experience in his field with memberships to professional organizations such as the American Telemedicine Association.
Founded in 1993, the American Telemedicine Association, or ATA, exists to champion the use of advanced telemedicine. Through various initiatives, ATA educates the public and governments on the boons of telemedicine, advocates research in the field, and develops policies. The organization aims to weave telemedicine into healthcare systems and bring about greater affordability and efficacy in the healthcare industry.
One of ATA’s foremost goals is to define telemedicine for those unfamiliar with the discipline. Just like file transfers across the Internet take place between parties spread out hundreds or thousands of miles apart, telemedicine refers to transferring medical information using electronic tools. Those tools include email, video, smartphones, and other forms of wireless resources.
In 2011, Dr. Peter Killcommons gave a keynote lecture at the First Armenian International Congress on Telemedicine and eHealth, held in Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan. Dr. Killcommons is the CEO of Medweb, a leading company in the telemedicine industry. Medweb provides technology and logistics that assist medical professionals worldwide to more quickly and easily gather, store, and share critical patient data online. Dr. Peter Killcommons and Medweb have developed and supported telemedical infrastructure for war-torn regions like Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as for humanitarian efforts in other areas, including Haiti, Peru, and Honduras.
The 40-year-old field of telemedicine, promoted by the American Telemedicine Association, encompasses a wide range of services delivered through state-of-the-art telecommunications. Among the telemedical tools professionals often use are videoconferencing; remote diagnostics, including monitoring of vital signs and transmission and archiving of radiologic images; and remote medical education and consumer health information. Radiology has made the greatest use of telemedicine, but many other important specialties are represented, including dermatology, cardiology, and mental health. Telemedicine can help contain health-care costs and deliver lifesaving services that are not otherwise accessible to people in remote areas with limited infrastructure.