Hays County to purchase health software for Tuberculosis program

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. 

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Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring joined the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch in June 2020, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and feature stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

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