Finding software can be overwhelming. We've helped thousands of mental health care providers choose the right therapy notes software so they can digitize assessments and track outcomes.

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TherapyNotes

TherapyNotes is a cloud-based mental/behavioral health software system that includes electronic health records (EHR), a patient portal, patient scheduling and medical billing. The solution is suitable for practices of all sizes, including... Read more

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AdvancedMD

AdvancedMD is a unified suite of software designed for independent laboratories, medical, physical therapy and mental health practices. Features include practice management, electronic health records, patient engagement, telemedicine,... Read more

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ClinicSource Therapy Practice Management

ClinicSource is a cloud-based practice management solution that helps in scheduling and documenting the therapy appointments of the patients. ClinicSource Therapy Practice Management’s scheduler includes billing and electronic medical... Read more

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Therabill by WebPT

Therabill is a HIPAA- and ARRA-compliant cloud-based practice management solution for mental health and speech therapists. With Therabill, providers can submit billing claims, manage schedules, enter treatment notes and maintain patient... Read more

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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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InSync Healthcare Solutions

InSync Healthcare Solutions EMR/PM enables healthcare professionals to provide healthcare that is in compliance with regulatory requirements. This ONC-ATCB certified and CCHIT certified ambulatory EMR and practice management (PM) product... Read more

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AURA

For nearly two decades, Sigmund Software has had the opportunity to create individualized Software Solutions for many diverse organizations.  Sigmund’s enterprise, cloud-based platform, AURA, contains a robust features suite that... 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. The solution covers various aspects of behavioral health including inpatient and outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse,... Read more

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ClinicTracker EHR

ClinicTracker is an ONC-ATCB certified integrated electronic health record (EHR), billing, and practice management system designed for mental health and substance abuse agencies of all sizes and types. In addition to typical clinic... Read more

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Kareo Clinical EHR

Kareo is a Web-based EHR, medical billing, and practice management used by thousands of physicians across the United States. This system suits small practices and billing companies. With Kareo, practices can schedule patients, confirm... Read more

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AZZLY Rize

AZZLY Rize is a cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) and revenue cycle management (RCM) solution for small, medium, and large behavioral health and addiction treatment organizations. Key behavioral healthcare features include... Read more

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CentralReach

CentralReach is an EMR, practice management, and clinical platform for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy providers who treat autism and related disorders. The web-based, HIPAA compliant system integrates workflows such as scheduling,... 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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Opus Behavioral Health

Opus Behavioral Health is a cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) platform for behavioral health and substance abuse teams at inpatient, outpatient and residential care facilities. Opus EHR is a certified solution that enables... Read more

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NextStep

NextStep is a cloud-based electronic health records (EHR) system designed for behavioral health and substance abuse staff at inpatient, outpatient and residential care facilities. The ONC certified solution enables clinicians to track... Read more

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PHYSIMED EMR

Physimed EMR was established by medical professionals in response to their growing frustration with legacy EMRs. It is a thorough system that addresses all the pain points faced by physicians in deploying EMR technology. For example,... Read more

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CAM by Celerity

Celerity’s CAM is a cloud-based, behavioral health care management solution and electronic medical records (EMR) for chemical dependency and mental health treatment providers. CAM incorporates a variety of clinical features, including... Read more

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DrCloudEHR

DrCloudEHR is suitable for midsize and large behavioral health, human services and integrated delivery systems. DrCloudEHR is meaningful-use (Stage-2) certified and 508 compliant, and it displays information as needed for intake,... Read more

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Total ABA

Total ABA is a cloud-based, solution for applied behavioral analysis, speech and occupational therapy. Key modules include practice management, data collection, billing, reporting and a parent portal which can all be integrated seamlessly... Read more

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Catalyst

Catalyst is a cloud-based solution, which assists mental health professionals with data collection and practice management. Key features are graphical representations, file sharing, predefined templates and notifications. The application... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: November 21, 2020

To mental and behavioral health care providers, therapy notes are essential for documenting patient encounters. What’s more, therapy notes are consistently cited as a top-requested electronic health records (EHR) software functionality by buyers who contact Software Advice.

There are hundreds of solutions that offer therapy notes for practitioners looking to make a first-time or replacement purchase. To help you narrow down your options and better understand what’s available in today’s market, we put together this buyer’s guide.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Therapy Notes Software?
Common Functionality of Therapy Notes Software
Benefits of Electronic Therapy Notes
Deployment Strategies and Pricing
Market Trends To Understand

What Is Therapy Notes Software?

“Therapy notes” can refer to several different kinds of medical forms that are needed to document patient encounters in mental and behavioral health care settings.

These can include:

therapy notes

These types of mental health progress notes are essential for practitioners to record patient assessments, treatments and results over time. The data can also be used for tracking and coordinating care to achieve healthy outcomes. And in some cases, these notes serve as the official record of the patient relationship and may be subpoenaed in court.

In light of all this, it’s extremely important for therapy notes to be as comprehensive, up-to-date and secure as possible. Indeed, the right software ensures notes are legible and automatically marked with time and date stamps. Drop-down menus and templates make it easy for practitioners to enter detailed patient observations. Plus, electronic files are generally more secure than paper-based records.

Common Functionality of Therapy Notes Software

Specialty-specific notes templates Most systems should offer notes templates for a range of specialties, such as psychotherapy, psychiatry and behavioral health. Some allow users to customize templates with additional fields/terminology. Templates usually offer drop-down menus and click-boxes.
Note management Allows users to easily view/retrieve notes and assessments, in order for human services specialists to access old notes and review previous sessions.
Outcomes tracking Allows users to turn therapy notes data into reports, for gauging health outcomes across patient populations. (Measuring care outcomes is recommended by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition [DSM-5].)
Coding tools Help users select and enter codes in note templates and billing modules from a pre-programmed menu or searchable database. These clinical documentation codes may include CPT, ICD and/or DSM codes.
Staff management Users are assigned roles within the system (e.g., site administrators, clinicians or billers) that provide different levels of access (e.g., clinicians can only see the notes for their own patients). Supervisors can receive missing notes reports and notifications for notes that need approval. Standard functionality for systems aimed at larger organizations.

Benefits of Electronic Therapy Notes

Some of the benefits of electronic therapy notes should already be clear from our discussion, but here’s a complete listing:

  • No double-entry. When you enter data electronically, you don’t need to bother with digitizing it down the road.
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  • Paperless office. By using electronic therapy notes, you’re one step closer to achieving the ecological nirvana (and the cost-savings) of a paperless office.
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  • Improved organization. Electronic therapy notes are automatically organized by time/date and patient - no hunting through file-cabinets.
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  • Patient analytics. As we’ve seen, electronic therapy notes can feed historical reports that track patient progress over time. Do you really plan to turn all your old paper notes into charts?
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  • Easier coding. ICD 10 codes are a pain, and we all know the DSM V tends to make coding more painful rather than less. Thankfully, these tools offer features to assist with the tedious task of coding.

Deployment Strategies and Pricing

Stand-alone or “best-of-breed” programs can be implemented to create, edit and store different kinds of therapy notes. Vendors of this type of software often offer tiered pricing plans.

For example, at the first, most basic tier, buyers might pay a monthly fee allowing a small pool of users access to basic functionality and services, such as progress notes templates, document storage and limited email support from the vendor.

At the higher-priced tiers, buyers might be able to add more users to the system and/or to access more advanced functionality or services beyond what the lower tiers provide. These additional capabilities might include reporting and analytics, electronic claims submissions or live phone support from the vendor.

Buyers seeking a more comprehensive deployment strategy can implement a therapy software suite that includes other capabilities in addition to therapy notes. For example, an EHR suite may also offer billing, patient scheduling and human resources applications. Pricing for these suites can be much more expensive, as they offer a greater breadth of both clinical and practice management functionalities.

Your choice between a best-of-breed system or integrated suite will come down to the size of your practice, your budget and whether you want your solution to integrate with other software.

Market Trends to Understand

You will likely come across some of the following market trends as you begin your search for therapy notes software:

Cloud-based deployment. One of the most important choices buyers need to consider is whether they’d like a cloud-based or an on-premise solution. The cloud model provides Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), in which the system is hosted on external servers and accessed remotely through the Web. In on-premise systems, the software is hosted on the practice’s own servers and must be updated and maintained locally.

Cloud-based EMR mental health systems are becoming increasingly popular. Not only do they offer the flexibility of remote access, they also involve lower upfront costs, and updates and maintenance are handled by the vendor.

Mobile device support. Support for wireless devices, such as smartphones and tablets, is becoming common among mental and behavioral health software vendors. The convenience and portability of such devices makes them ideal for reviewing progress notes and managing scheduling changes on the go. Some vendors are even introducing HIPAA-compliant native applications for Windows, Android and/or iOS devices. What's more, a report conducted by Software Advice finds that mobile users cite higher levels of satisfaction and fewer challenges with their EHR than non-mobile users.