Based in San Francisco, Peter “Pete” Killcommons is the inventor of a Web-based radiology viewer and chief executive officer of Medweb. During a recent trip to Japan, Peter Killcommons worked to expand the use of m-health (mobile health) technology for in-home care of the elderly.
M-health refers to the use of mobile devices and wireless technology in health care. It has been used to educate users about preventive health care services in areas without adequate health care but large populations and good cellular coverage. It is also used for disease management and tracking epidemic outbreaks.
Patients can receive or transmit text or voice messages from health care agencies, and health care providers can receive timely data and collaborate with others.
Wearable devices such as Fitbit and smart watches are another trend in m-health. These devices can monitor a patient’s vital signs and thus avoid costly hospital admissions. They also come with apps that, when combined with telehealth services, are useful in preventing health risks.
Though already popular, the adoption of wearable devices is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 35 percent between 2016 and 2021 and reach over $60 billion. The primary drivers behind this increase are aging populations, the focus on reducing health care costs, and the availability of wireless data coverage.
For more than 25 years, Peter (Pete) Killcommons has guided business operations as founder and CEO of Medweb, a telemedicine software and device developer in San Francisco, California. To expand the reach of telemedicine, Peter Killcommons has visited more than 50 countries, including Cabo Verde.
Also known as Cape Verde, Cabo Verde is a nation comprised of multiple islands off the coast of Africa. The country features a wide selection of beaches and unique landscapes as well as a variety of cultural sites. Here are a few to consider visiting:
1. Boa Vista. One of the lesser-known islands in Cabo Verde, Boa Vista sits roughly 400 miles off the African coast. Turtles nest there during the summer months, and there is no shortage of sand, which covers the majority of the island.
2. Porto Novo. This city on the island of Santo Antao is home to a large museum dedicated to telling the stories of African royalty. Government and colonial buildings complement the museum by adding to its history.
3. Fogo. Travelers arrive at Fogo when they fly to Cabo Verde. The island is home to Pico de Fogo, a volcano that tourists enjoy climbing. From start to finish, the climb takes about six hours.
First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress
The founder and CEO of MedWeb, Peter Killcommons, MD, was a featured speaker at the First Armenian International Congress on Telemedicine and eHealth in Yerevan, Armenia. Held in October, 2011, Dr. Killcommons was one of 15 experts from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States invited to speak. An intercontinental audience of government representatives, investment, research, and healthcare executives, and university students attended the three-day program.
Dr. Killcommons spoke on his recent experience implementing telemedicine technology in collaboration with two hospitals in Afghanistan. A product of information technology, telemedicine is used, among its many applications, to transmit medical data, imaging, and health information, improving the access of medical services in remote regions around the world. A long-recognized philanthropist, as well as a pioneer in telemedicine and teleradiology, Dr. Killcommons made a donation to the Armenian Telemedicine Association of a MedWeb system, furthering the reach of medical services in the country’s less privileged areas.
First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress
As the CEO and founder of Medweb, Medical Imaging, Teleradiology, and Telemedicine located in San Francisco, California, Peter Killcommons, MD, is an expert in telemedicine. In addition to presenting at conferences regarding the methods of utilizing Internet telemedicine technologies to expand the reach of medical care and develop collaborative imaging networks, Dr. Pete Killcommons was the keynote presenter at the First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress in Yerevan, Armenia, in October 2011. At the event, Dr. Killcommons spoke on implementing telemedicine technology and donated a Medweb web-based telemedicine system to the Armenian Association of Telemedicine.
Telemedicine has made notable advances in recent years. Defined as a form of medical practice that uses telecommunications to treat patients in rural or hard-to-reach areas, telemedicine has become widely-accepted internationally. Additionally, more than 10,000 peer-reviewed papers have been published over the last twenty years in support of the practice.
Advances in networking, telecommunications systems, and cloud- and web-based technology have improved the practice of telemedicine. These advances include new services in the area of two-way video, email, smart phones, wireless connectivity and others. Together, these features help to enhance access, reduce cost of care, and meet consumer demand across the globe.
Afghanistan is an area that stands to greatly benefit from modern medical technology, and with his company MedWeb, Dr. Peter (Pete) Killcommons offers a solution through telecommunications. With MedWeb, Peter Killcommons has travelled to the country at least a dozen times since 2008 to help set up opportunities for remote diagnosis, web conferencing, and other solutions for medical and educational aid.
As Afghan telecommunications companies increase their reach, information is more easily transmitted directly from the patient to doctors who might be anywhere in the world. With tools like web conferencing, medical cameras, and teleradiology, diagnosis and education have become much more accessible in remote areas. This advance is especially helpful for the women and children in Afghanistan who may not be able to travel easily without a male escort, so even individuals in remote rural communities can gain useful medical knowledge from home.
Since 2008, MedWeb has donated a portable ultrasound machine and laptop to the Afshar Women and Children’s Hospital, connected a webserver for telemedicine and teleradiology at Acomet Hospital, and donated video conferencing equipment to Nangarhar University Teaching Hospital. In 2011, MedWeb organized a video conference for OBGYN doctors at Nangarhar with the Holy Family Teaching Hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. This conference was the first of its kind and created a collaborative relationship among medical professionals across those borders that are maintained to this day.