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 Navarro (Wehring) graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. In June 2020, she started a summer internship at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch through the Dow Jones News Fund and Texas Press Association. She then earned her way to a reporter position later that summer and now, she serves as the editor of the newspaper. Working for a small publication, Navarro wears multiple hats. She has various responsibilities including managing a team of reporters, making editorial decisions, overseeing social media posts, fact checking, writing her own articles and more. Navarro has a heart for storytelling and she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are important to the community.

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