UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Texas Docs Care program is making life a little easier for hurricane evacuees living in the Lone Star State.
Under the brand-new program, Texans will get free access to an ER physician via a video and text-messaging app from CirrusMD. They’ll be able to download the app and share images, video chat, or send a secure text message to a UT Southwestern doctor on a computer or mobile device—all at no cost.
The physicians will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to offer gratis advice on matters like refilling prescriptions or an evacuee’s health symptoms.
“As Houston continues to recover from Hurricane Harvey, we know some areas won’t be easily accessible, and some doctors’ offices will likely be closed for some time, but medical needs still must be met,” Dr. Deborah Diercks, chairman of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern, said in a statement. “Texas Docs Care ensures damage from the storm won’t mean Texans are cut off from the medical attention they might need.”
Those residing in Texas with FEMA IDs can register for the telemedicine service at TexasDocs.Care. Following registration, the app can be downloaded to an individual’s smartphone through the iTunes/Apple App Store or Google Play store.