By Megan Wehring
HAYS COUNTY — The Hays County Local Health Department is set to receive new equipment for its Tuberculosis (TB) program.
At its first meeting for 2022, the Hays County Commissioners Court authorized the purchase of Emocha Mobile Health Inc. Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) Software for $8,100. Funding was approved through the state and federal TB grants and the purchase under the grant was also approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
The new software will give more direct access medication oversight and allow patients to have greater access to the county’s TB staff.
“The patients will have the ability to take their medication on video,” said Tammy Crumley, Local Health Department Director. “They don’t necessarily have to have Wi-Fi, they just need to upload the video and the [RN] can login and see it on her software.”
Crumley added that ultimately, bringing in the new software will save time for both the patients and health department staff.