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.
Patient Experience Summit
Philanthropist and entrepreneur Dr. Peter “Pete” Killcommons is the founder and CEO of Medweb, a San Francisco, California-based medical company that provides telemedicine and teleradiology solutions. Active in his field, Peter Killcommons, MD, is a member of the American Medical Association (AMA).
Founded in 1845, the AMA endeavors to improve healthcare and has played an important role in the progress of medicine in the United States. It will be co-sponsoring the 8th Patient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit, to be held on May 22-24, 2017, at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The theme of this year’s summit is “Empathy by Design.”
The inter-professional conference focuses on finding groundbreaking means to establish and maintain a human-centered environment for patients. The affair features a lineup of accomplished speakers, workshops, panel discussions, and exhibits. Expected participants include philanthropists, healthcare CEOs, policymakers, patient-experience leaders, industry experts, patients, and major stakeholders.
Last year’s summit was attended over 2,000 participants from 45 states and close to 40 countries. The attendees represented hundreds of healthcare systems, businesses, and hospitals from all over the world.
As the keynote speaker at the First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress in Yerevan, Armenia, Dr. Pete Killcommons spoke about the challenge of integrating telemedicine technology in Eastern Afghanistan. The talk centered on an ongoing telemedicine project developed in partnership with Nangahar University Hospital and Nangahar Public Hospital, two medical institutions in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
Dr. Pete Killcommons donated an internet-based telemedicine unit to the Armenian Telemedicine Association, which it will use to advance treatment for underserved Armenians. Furthermore, he discussed important matters with experts from Russia, Germany, Austria, and other European nations, who joined local experts from Yerevan in determining future collaborative projects.
Besides his contribution to the Congress, Dr. Killcommons visited Armenian villages, enjoyed a picnic in the classic style, and saw an ancient temple. He was also presented with a bottle of high-quality Armenian Cognac.
Alameda Aero Club
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.
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.