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The Valant Behavioral Health EHR

Valant’s EHR for behavioral health offers tools for providers to streamline documentation, increase efficiency, and enhance the productivity of their practice or agency. The fully integrated suite includes secure patient records,... Read More
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TheraNest

TheraNest is an HIPAA compliant web-based mental health solution used by solo practitioners, large mental health practices, and nonprofit organizations. The solution is suited for therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social... Read More
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Qualifacts CareLogic Enterprise

CareLogic Enterprise by Qualifacts Systems is an integrated suite of electronic health records (EHR), billing, and scheduling applications designed specifically for behavioral healthcare organizations with 20 or more users. The system... Read More
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PIMSY EHR

PIMSY EHR is a fully certified electronic health record (EHR) system as well as practice management for midsize companies. The solution offers industry-specific features and the flexibility to customize the system to match each organization's... Read More
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MedEZ

MedEZ is an electronic health record (EHR) and billing suite suitable for most medical facilities, particularly behavioral health centers and substance abuse rehabilitation programs. On-premise and cloud-based deployments are available. MedEZ... Read More
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Compulink

Compulink is a provider of highly customizable, ONC Certified EHR and practice management software for specialty practices. Designed to adapt to a practice's specific needs, the integrated solution offers functionality to support patient... Read More
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Epitomax EHR/PM by PsyTech Solutions

Epitomax EHR/PM by PsyTech Solutions is an ONC-ATCB certified electronic health records (EHR) and practice management (PM) software suite designed specifically for behavioral and mental healthcare providers. The Software-as-a-Service... Read More
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Harmony e/Notes

Harmony e/Notes is an integrated software suite spanning electronic medical records, practice management, billing, and revenue cycle management. The EMR application offers a wide range of functionality including: versatile/customizable... Read More
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AdvancedMD

AdvancedMD is an integrated medical software suite for independent practices. Features include practice management, electronic health records, patient engagement, telemedicine, rooming, reputation management, financial analytics and... Read More
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A+ DELPHI Psychotherapy Billing Software

A+ DELPHI32 is an on-premise billing, scheduling, and patient records management system designed specifically for small mental and behavioral health practices. The comprehensive program meets the needs of all types of mental health... Read More
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CAM by Celerity

Celerity’s CAM solution is an integrated clinical, financial and administrative system for behavioral health specialists. The solution was originally designed for chemical dependency treatment specialists and is especially strong... Read More
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Netsmart myAvatar Suite

Netsmart’s myAvatar Suite is an industry leader in enterprise behavioral health software. The comprehensive electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management (PM) suite is used by all types of behavioral health organizations,... Read More
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AntWorks Healthcare

AntWorks’ suite of healthcare solutions offers clinical, financial and administrative tools suitable for healthcare providers in a variety of specialties. It is suitable for physicians and large group practices and can be installed... Read More
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PatientClick Suite

With its intuitive web-based solution, PatientClick gives providers a comprehensive EMR solution that improves both patient care and administrative efficiency. PatientClick can be accessed from anywhere at anytime, offering both providers... Read More
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PatientClick EHR

With its intuitive web-based solution, PatientClick gives providers a comprehensive EMR solution that improves both patient care and administrative efficiency. PatientClick can be accessed from anywhere at anytime, offering both providers... Read More
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Netsmart Insight

Netsmart serves more than 130 Local Public Health organizations across the US, and Insight by Netsmart Technologies combines public health-specific expertise with Netsmart's exceptional support to offer a fully integrated practice... Read More
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TotalMD

TotalMD is a practice management solution suitable for small and midsize practices. TotalMD provides an integrated suite of features that includes e-claim services, patient scheduling, financial reporting, EMR integration and more. The... Read More
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myEvolv by Netsmart

myEvolv by Netsmart is an integrated EHR solution that incorporates a robust accounts receivable/accounts payable sub-ledger directly within the system. The software is ideal for community health centers as well as behavioral & mental... Read More
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CGM DAQbilling

DAQbilling by CompuGroup Medical (CGM) is a medical billing and patient scheduling system designed to streamline medical billing. The solution covers eligibility inquiries, claim submission, and payment posting. The system has an intuitive... Read More
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EHR YOUR WAY

EHR YOUR WAY is a behavioral health EHR that can be deployed on desktop and mobile cloud-based devices. Their cloud-based devices cover all aspects of behavioral health including inpatient and outpatient SA & MH, autism, case management,... Read More
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ChartPerfect EHR

ChartPerfect is an electronic health record (EHR) system suitable for medical offices in a variety of segments including allergy, cardiology, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, plastic and reconstructive, podiatry,... Read More
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ClinicTracker Connect

ClinicTracker Connect is an ONC-ATCB certified practice management and electronic medical record (EMR) system for mental health and substance abuse practices. ClinicTracker Connect has enabled enhanced patient care, improved efficiency,... Read More
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SmartCare by Streamline

Recognizing the unique needs of behavioral healthcare organizations and substance abuse centers, Streamline Healthcare Solutions created SmartCare, an integrated, complete solution for businesses looking for enterprise-wide records,... Read More
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PsychConsult Provider by Askesis

PsychConsult Provider® is an enterprise application designed to meet the needs of behavioral health and substance abuse providers. The solution supports inpatient, outpatient, and residential programs and integrates organizations’... Read More
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iSALUS EHR

iSALUS Healthcare offers a fully-integrated electronic health records (EHR), practice management and billing services solution with a host of features to support small to mid-sized practices. This system is flexible and securely accessible... Read More
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OpenEMR

OpenEMR is a web-based solution providing electronic medical records (EMR), medical billing and patient scheduling.  The EMR functionality offers customizable forms, patient reports based on demographics, notetaking capabilities... Read More
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Aura

Created to meet the needs of the Mental Health community, Aura by Sigmund Software was developed by IT professionals in tandem with experts in the behavioral health field. It has been available to psychologists, psychiatrists, LPCs,... Read More
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AlphaFlex

AlphaFlex is an ONC-ATCB certified, Meaningful Use compliant, Web-based medical billing and electronic medical records (EMR) software. Its EMR solution is available free of charge and is provided in suite with the AlphaFlex billing... Read More
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BreezyNotes EHR

BreezyNotes EHR is an integrated cloud-based practice management solution for mental health professionals. The software is a full suite of applications for small to mid-sized practices and helps in automating daily office functions. Featured... Read More
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Medlium

Medlium is a cloud-based electronic health records (EHR) solution designed for health care practices of all sizes. It offers billing and scheduling, image archiving, accounting and e-prescribing functionality in a single solution. The... Read More
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Uniwide

Uniwide is an on-premise hospital information system that helps hospitals, nursing homes and medical centers systematically computerize all of their administrative processes. It is suitable for medical businesses of all sizes, but... Read More
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Orchestra One

Orchestra One is a cloud-based medical solution made for small, direct-care private practices. Key features include schedule management, patient communications, billing and online booking. Orchestra One offers an online booking site... Read More
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AZZLY EHR/EMR

AZZLY EHR/EMR is a cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) and client management suite for large and midsize medical treatment centers, especially behavioral health and addiction treatment organizations. Key features include document... Read More
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CT One

CT One by Remarkable Health is Electronic Health Record (EHR) software for medical practices specializing in behavioral health. The system is compatible with larger practices and offers EHR, medical billing services, and patient scheduling... Read More
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ViSolve Medical Billing

ViSolve Medical Billing Software is a cloud-based medical billing tool suitable for all small to midsize medical practices. The software offers insurance coverage checks, billing and integrated medical codes. Medical billing codes... Read More
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StrongBox RCM

StrongBox is a medical revenue and billing management cloud-based software platform designed for small and midsize dental and medical practices. StrongBox revenue management and billing modules can be used as standalone applications... Read More
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Speedy Claims

SpeedyClaims is an on-premise tool that allows small clinics and single-provider offices to manage CMS 1500 insurance claim forms. It is compatible with most Windows operating systems. Users can print paper copies of their CMS 1500... Read More
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CounSol.com

CounSol.com offers a cloud-based practice management solution that includes management tools for electronic medical records (EMR) such as client notes, insurance claims, appointments and billing. It is best suited for solo practitioners... Read More
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Unicharts

UniCharts is an electronic medical records (EMR) system for general practitioners, consultants and small clinics. It enables users to create refills, notes, charts, referral letters and messages. The solution also allows users to create... Read More
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American Well

American Well is a cloud-based telemedicine management solution designed for practices of all sizes. Primary features include a customizable telehealth application, doctor scheduling, multiway video, real-time patient data, mobile... Read More
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Doxy.me

Doxy.me is a cloud-based electronic medical records (EMR) and telemedicine solution designed for practices of all sizes. The solution is HIPAA-compliant, and Android and iOS apps are available for mobile devices. Doxy.me allows patients... Read More
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Chiron Health

Chiron Health is a cloud-based telemedicine management solution designed for practices of all sizes. It offers EMR integration, eligibility check, workflow management, video calling and HIPAA-compliance. Android and iOS apps are available... Read More
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Wecounsel

Wecounsel is a cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant video conferencing solution designed for telemedicine practices of all sizes. It offers live chat, patient scheduling and check-in, a clinician dashboard and video calling. Android and iOS... Read More
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Teladoc for Health Systems

Teladoc provides cloud-based telemedicine software for hospitals and health systems. Health systems can implement virtual visits using Teladoc’s technology, which connects doctors and patients virtually via the web, telephone or... Read More
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Therabill

Therabill is a HIPAA- and ARRA-compliant web-based electronic billing and documentation software that enables mental and behavioral health specialists as well as speech therapy practices to submit claims, manage schedules, enter treatment... Read More
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Kareo Billing

Kareo is a web-based medical billing and practice management solution used by medical practitioners and physicians across the United States. The system suits small practices and billing companies. With Kareo, practices can schedule... Read More
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Buyer's Guide

If you’re among the thousands of therapy practices that want to go paperless or replace clinical software, you’ve come to the right place. It can be daunting to sort through the many electronic health record (EHR) systems out there for mental and behavioral health care providers. What’s more, pricing and functionality varies greatly from system to system.

This guide will help you better understand the therapy software market. Using it, you can narrow down your list of potential products for an upcoming purchase.

We’ll discuss the following:

What Is Therapy Software?
Common Functionality of Therapy Software
Market Trends to Understand

What Is Therapy Software?

The term “therapy software” applies to any software that helps therapists deliver better care, manage their practice or process their billing. These systems offer a range of tools that facilitate everything from clinical documentation to scheduling and insurance claims submission.

Therapy software vendors may sell a single application, such as therapy notes, as a stand-alone solution. Alternatively, they may offer a number of applications bundled together to form an integrated EHR suite for therapists.

 

The breadth and depth of applications in the system you choose will depend on your needs, user base and budget. This is especially true in therapy practices, which come in all manner of sizes and specialties employing social workers, therapists, counselors, psychiatrists and/or psychologists:

If you’re a smaller therapy provider and/or outsource your medical billing, it might be more cost-effective to seek stand-alone applications to fill specific gaps in health information technology. For example, if your only goal with a new system is to digitize your staff’s clinical notes, buying a stand-alone clinical documentation system makes more sense than a full EHR. Otherwise, you may end up paying for functions you don’t need, such as e-prescribing or patient portals.

Since larger therapy providers tend to have a larger number of users and require a greater level of care coordination, integrated therapy EHR suites are often the more practical choice. With several different functions packaged together, it’s easier to extract meaningful health outcomes data while tracking clinical and budgetary goals.

Common Functionality of Therapy Software

As we explained above, the tools provided in therapist software products may vary. Here are some of the most common ones, which may be sold as stand-alone applications or as part of integrated suites:

Clinical documentation Therapists can create, store and review a number of digital clinical documents for each patient’s records. These include intake notes, progress notes, treatment plans, medical histories and more.
Electronic claim filing Users can file claims electronically through the system, then track progress to see which claims have been submitted, accepted and approved.
Appointment scheduling Allows users to schedule single or recurring appointments in a digital calendar. Some systems let you track cancellations and no-shows or send automated therapy appointment reminders to your patients through email, text or phone.
Billing Most solutions allow for a number of different billing functions. These include generating patient invoices, statements and superbills. The software can also produce single or batch CMS-1500s and/or billing reports.
Coding When filling out clinical documentation, most systems allow users to select the appropriate DSM-5 and/or ICD-10 codes from a pre-populated menu for faster, more accurate coding.

Market Trends to Understand

Once you’ve identified your organization’s must-have software functions and are ready to start considering specific vendors, it’s important to consider these market trends:

HIPAA compliance. The government’s privacy and security laws—the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act—help safeguard patient data, and they carry steep penalties if violated. Reputable vendors will make sure you understand how and why their products can help you achieve HIPAA compliance by explaining data protection and encryption capabilities.

Cloud-based systems. One of the first choices you’ll have to make when selecting new software is whether to pick a cloud-based or an on-premise system.

Cloud-based systems are becoming increasingly common in the therapy software market, as they bring a number of benefits:

  • Remote accessibility
  • Lower upfront costs
  • Software updates handled by vendor
  • System maintenance handled by vendor

It’s important to note, however, that therapy practices in rural settings may have a hard time accessing the broadband Internet that’s required to run a Web-based system.