About the Alameda Aero Club

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Alameda Aero Club
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As the CEO of medical technology company Medweb, I spend most of my time spearheading attempts to broaden the usage and development of technology for the betterment of the medical community. However, I also enjoy other pursuits, such as flying. As an amateur pilot, I value my membership with the Alameda Aero Club, a nonprofit entity that seeks to make flying accessible to members from a variety of backgrounds.

Now located at Oakland Airport, the Alameda Aero Club was founded in the 1980s and moved to its current location roughly 10 years ago. Its members, all flying enthusiasts, enjoy visiting the headquarters, a flight hanger at the Old T’s in Oakland’s North Field. The Alameda Aero Club welcomes all interested parties from the Bay Area to join its ranks; approximately 100 members currently belong to the club.

For the dual purposes of facilitating leisure flying and helping new flyers learn their way around aircrafts, the Alameda Aero Club owns and operates two Cessna 172 planes. A four-seat, single-engine plane, the Cessna 172 Skyhawk first flew in 1955 and is still in production. Members can rent either plane, Alameda Aero Club uses the fees to continue the club and maintain the planes.

In addition to the fee charged for renting the Cessna 172 planes, the Alameda Aero Club asks that members pay membership dues. These two financial channels are the club’s only sources of income, and all members participate in events on a volunteer basis. For more information on the Alameda Aero Club, visit www.alameda-aero.com.

About Dr. Peter Killcommons:

Dr. Peter Killcommons established Medweb in 1992. Based in San Francisco, California, Dr. Peter Killcommons and Medweb strive to deliver web-enabled secure telemedicine solutions to over 1,000 locations around the globe.

The ATA’s Mission of Educational Awareness

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American Telemedicine Association
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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.

Telemedicine Advocate Pete Killcommons Gives Keynote Presentation

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.

Dr. Pete Killcommons: The Global Possibilities of Telemedicine

In late 2011, Medweb CEO Dr. Pete Killcommons appeared as keynote speaker at the First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress in Yerevan, Armenia. There, he spoke on the potential benefits of telemedicine to the citizens of Eastern Afghanistan. In addition, he donated a complete Medweb system to the country’s telemedicine association, to be used in care of rural and underserved communities.

Across the world, telemedicine has already proven invaluable in extending medical care to communities far from traditional hospitals. In India, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has set up a network that has connected specialists in 22 hospitals with doctors in 78 remote care centers across the country. These have already had a significant impact, including the facilitation of telesurgeries directed by expert specialist surgeons. The same organization has also set up telemedicine centers in rural villages, which strive to support primary and ophthalmology care.

Tens of thousands of patients have already been served by this and similar systems. Furthermore, studies have demonstrated significant cost savings in the use of telemedicine, which relieves patients and families from the need to travel great distances for care. As the technology becomes more advanced, developments such as telediagnostics and monitoring of care will likely increase the efficacy of telemedicine as a whole.

The Potential of Solar-solutions in Developing Regions of the Globe

By Dr. Peter Killcommons

As CEO of Medweb, I focus on medical technology solutions through worldwide installations of web-enabled telemedicine systems, particularly in regions with less than optimal communications and power infrastructure. Solar energy provides one interesting power-generation solution to these communities and I have a keen interest in thermal and photovoltaic solar technologies.

Solar energy may ultimately prove one of the least-expensive and most environmentally friendly forms of renewable energy, as sunlight is abundant in many regions of the globe. Unfortunately, the up-front price tag of solar energy installations make them cost-prohibitive in much of the developing world, even in areas that receive abundant year-round sunlight and could best utilize the technology. International and regional organizations, such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, are well positioned to promote low-cost financing mechanisms, mitigating the financial risk posed by solar energy investments.

Women in Rural Benin Often Carry Water from Far Distances. Solar-powered Drip Irrigation Systems Offer a Sensible Alternative.

Private institutions are actively bridging the solar divide, often in creative ways less tied-up in bureaucracy than their public counterparts. Last year, Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment teamed up with the nonprofit Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), setting up solar-powered drip irrigation systems in poverty-stricken rural communities in Benin, Africa. While the upfront costs of each 1.24-acre system was a substantial $18,000 and yearly costs were nearly $6,000, the system is estimated to pay for itself within 2.3 years. This is because of increased yield of high value agricultural commodities such as tomatoes, eggplants, okra, peppers, and carrots. In addition, the solar agriculture system saves inefficient trips to distant water sources, where water was traditionally brought back to the village in buckets, on foot. Other long-term benefits of the system, such as significant decreases in child malnutrition, are not so easily quantified.

The Woods Institute for the Environment project shares similarities with some of the localized, grassroots projects I have undertaken through Medweb. The projects occurred in numerous places around the world, like Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Peru. In November 2009, I helped finance a new well for a small village near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, while on a humanitarian trip to install medical equipment and train doctors. I am very interested in exploring the ways in which cost-effective solar technologies can be integrated with Medweb’s telemedicine systems in the future.