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The Dallas Examiner | 10/2/2017, 5:46 a.m.
Hurricane evacuees living in Texas can have free access to an ER physician via a video and text messaging app ...

The Dallas Examiner


Hurricane evacuees living in Texas can have free access to an ER physician via a video and text messaging app from CirrusMD through UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Texas Docs Care program.

“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,” said Dr. Deborah Diercks, chairman of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern.

With the program, Texans will 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 – at no cost.

UT Southwestern’s physicians will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to address concerns such as refilling prescriptions, obtaining substitutions for medical equipment damaged or left behind in the floods, and discussing symptoms and other issues for those who can’t reach their physicians.

“By giving patients a complimentary, HIPAA-compliant, virtual-care option to text, image share, or video chat directly with a UT Southwestern doctor, we can remove barriers to care and help ensure they’re seeing the right doctor at the right time,” said CirrusMD CEO Andy Altorfer.

The service is available to those residing in Texas by registering for the platform online at TexasDocs.Care. FEMA ID is needed to register. After registering, individuals can download the app to their smartphone through the iTunes/Apple App Store or Google Play store.


District Judge Staci Williams presents The Citizens’ Civil Academy for residents of all ages whom would like to know more about the civil court process from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Grauwyler Park Branch Library, located at 2146 Gilford St.

The free program aims to give citizens a better understanding of the court system as well as the inner workings of the George L. Allen Sr. Courts Building. Participants will learn jury duty secrets, gain access to legal resources, earn prizes and much more.

The event will be hosted on Saturday mornings on Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and Oct. 14. Certificates will be awarded attendees after the completion of the program. For more information and registration, http://www.ccadallas.com/registration.html.


HTBI & Be Made Whole Communities is hosting the 2017 Levitate Leadership Conference Sept. 30 and Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Friendship-West Baptist Church, located at 2020 W. Wheatland Road, at no cost. For more information and registration, contact Tiffany Fuller at 972-228-5200 or tfuller@friendshipwest.org.


The STOP HIV. GET TESTED! Workshop will be held Sept. 30 from noon to 3 p.m. at St. James A.M.E. Church, 1107 E. Oak St. in Denton. Topics focus on HIV basics and testing, issues facing people living with HIV, domestic violence, medications, health care, living with HIV, tissue and organ donations, counseling and supportive services.

Lunch will be served following the workshop. Gospel music provided by Total Witness Inc., Michelle Boulden, LeBarian Stokes, Kendrick Sammons and Jonathan James. For more information, call 940-441-5530 or 940-387-1223.