What’s the Best EHR for Small Behavioral Health Practices?
SimplePractice and TherapyNotes are two of the most widely used EHRs among small mental health practices.
Both products offer a wide variety of services, the ability to scale beyond a single provider if needed, and their customer support seems to be well-received. Both also offer a 30-day free trial.
Most Compliancy Group clients that are small behavioral health providers with EHRs use one of these two services, but there are certainly other options available. Assuming that the EHR that you’re considering is fully HIPAA compliant, the best EHR is the one that best works for your practice.
Can I Find a Free EHR for Small Mental Health Practices?
We did find a few “truly free” EHRs, but each one has its own set of unique issues that make them less than ideal. For example, Sessions Health does offer a “freemium” level that includes all the features of their paid version, but you can store only three clients’ records. The product has a solid list of features and appears to be HIPAA-compliant, so it might be a good option for someone just starting a small practice on the side, or considering changing EHRs.
If you find a “truly free” EHR that has a robust set of features that meets your needs, be very cautious. The old rule of thumb is that if a product is free, YOU are the product.
One Final Thought on EHR for Small Mental Health Practices
Using the same logic that prompted Willie Sutton to rob banks (“Because that’s where the money is.”) cybercriminals love to target EHR systems because of the kinds and amounts of valuable data stored there. Even if your practice is exempt from following HIPAA, most states require patient notification if an individual’s PHI (protected health information) is exposed in a data breach. It’s something to keep in mind.