Mental Health EHR Software

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AdvancedMD EHR

AdvancedMD is a unified suite of software solutions designed for mental health, physical therapy and medical healthcare organizations and independent physician practices. Features include practice management, electronic health rec...Read more about AdvancedMD EHR

3.61 (424 reviews)

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Q.D. Clinical

Q.D. Clinical EMR is an on-premise electronic medical record (EMR) solution for clinical documentation, managed care support, practice research, image management, lab order tracking, drug interaction checking and more. Q.D. C...Read more about Q.D. Clinical

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Valant EHR Suite

Valant’s Behavioral Health EHR offers tools for providers to streamline documentation, increase efficiency, and enhance productivity at their practice. The fully integrated suite includes secure patient records, documentation, sch...Read more about Valant EHR Suite

3.99 (205 reviews)

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PracticeAdmin is a cloud-based practice management and medical billing software solution, providing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to billing companies, specialty medical practices and other providers. PracticeAdmin is designed...Read more about ProviderSuite

4.41 (23 reviews)

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Sevocity is a cloud-based medical solution best suited to practices seeking a very customizable EHR. The system includes unlimited customization services, unlimited personalized training, and US-based live telephone support 24 hou...Read more about Sevocity

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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 avai...Read more about MedEZ

4.83 (18 reviews)

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athenahealth, recently ranked #1 by 2022 Best in KLAS for athenaClinials Ambulatory EMR for 11-75 physicians and athenaIDX practice management, provides cloud-based services for electronic health records (EHR), revenue cycle manag...Read more about athenaOne

3.72 (756 reviews)

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Harmony e/Notes is a hybrid integrated solution that offers functionalities for electronic medical records, practice management, billing and revenue cycle management. Specialities that the solution caters to include cardiology, ge...Read more about HARMONY Medical

4.46 (23 reviews)

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CarePaths EHR

HIPAA-Compliant & ONC-Certified Cloud-Based Electronic Health Records & Practice Management. Solo-practitioners or groups of all sizes can grow and manage their practice for an affordable price. Get telehealth, claims, and eligib...Read more about CarePaths EHR

3.79 (33 reviews)

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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, ...Read more about CAM

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ICANotes is a software solution for behavioral health practices. Its key features include button-driven narrative charting capabilities, which enable clinicians to quickly create documentation. ICANotes clinical notes can be ...Read more about ICANotes

4.04 (94 reviews)

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NueMD offers a suite of cloud-based software and medical billing services for practices of all sizes. NueMD is an integrated practice management, medical billing, electronic health recording and appointment scheduling solution. ...Read more about NueMD

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ClinicTracker integrates a fully customizable EHR, billing software, and practice management into an integrated framework that will automate your clinic workflows, boost your staff productivity and patient engagement, while shorte...Read more about ClinicTracker

4.43 (35 reviews)

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CareLogic is a cloud-based electronic health records (EHR) platform for midsize to large behavioral health and human services organizations. The EHR system offers agencies a suite of clinical, administrative and financial capabili...Read more about CareLogic

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myAvatar by Netsmart is an electronic health record (EHR) specifically designed for organizations that provide behavioral health and addictions treatment services in community-based, residential and inpatient programs. It offers a...Read more about myAvatar

1.92 (18 reviews)

Kareo Billing

Kareo a Tebra Company offers 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, pra...Read more about Kareo Billing

4.04 (601 reviews)

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WebChart is a cloud-based, electronic health record (EHR) solution for or medical practices of all sizes. Key features include a patient portal, appointment management, electronic prescribing and others. Drummond Group's ONC-...Read more about WebChart

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MedLedger EHR is a cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) and practice management system for small medical practices. It provides a various EHR modules including clinical notes, custom templates, e-prescribing, medication mana...Read more about MedLedger

2.50 (2 reviews)

Dr. First

DrFirst, the medication management leader in the industry for over 21 years pioneered EPCS with DEA, myBenefitCheck (Real-Time Benefit Check), and artificial intelligence in the field of medication management. DrFirst is always in...Read more about Dr. First

3.33 (15 reviews)


SmartCare is a cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) solution that helps medical facilities service providers to manage their healthcare activities, billing routines and scheduling processes. SmartCare offers users vario...Read more about SmartCare

4.50 (1 reviews)

Buyers Guide

Last Updated: November 22, 2022


Electronic medical record (EMR)/electronic health record (EHR) systems for mental and behavioral health providers have unique features and capabilities specifically for counselors, mental health clinics and group practices. We created this guide to help you understand your options and evaluate the best fit for you.

Here's what this guide will cover:

What Is Mental Health Software?
Common Features of Mental Health Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Market Trends to Understand

What Is Mental Health Software?

Mental health software, also known as behavioral health software, allows physicians, therapists and other related professionals to manage their clinical, administrative and operational workflows. The software also manages patient case or outcome management and ensures regulatory compliance.

Software for mental health professionals is also often referred to as "therapy software." Though the terms are often used interchangeably, "mental health software" tends to connote more robust functionality that may be beneficial for large practices or clinics, whereas "therapy software" may include more basic functionality that is sufficient for solo practitioners.

Common Features of Mental Health Software

When selecting a mental or behavioral health EMR, providers should consider other features necessary to improve efficiency and care at their agency or facility. For example, some psychiatry electronic medical records allow you to create and store custom, reusable notes in a database for quick retrieval during a patient encounter. Others will need administrative features like a calendar application or patient scheduling system for clinical appointments.

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Here are some of the capabilities to consider:

Workflow management Make sure your system facilitates point of care and supports, rather than interferes, with your opportunities for direct patient interaction, thus supporting the way you do business.
Advanced note management Mental and behavioral health specialists may need to access their old notes quickly to review previous sessions. Behavioral health electronic health records software should allow for easy retrieval and viewing of the notes and assessment in multi-axial format.
Specialty EMR templates Specialty psychiatric SOAP notes templates include anxiety, depression, delirium, mania, psychosis, eating disorders, addiction, personality disorders, suicide and more. Providers can use the pre-existing templates or, if desired, customize them even further.
GAF charts Monitor the severity of mental or behavioral factors with a graphical depiction of ongoing progress, rating the social, occupational and psychological functioning of a patient through Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF).
Specialty ICD-9 billing & coding Many mental and behavioral health specialists have needs unique to their practice, depending on their area of focus. A strong solution will provide detailed billing support without the clutter of additional codes you don’t need.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

There could be several reasons why a mental health medical practice is seeking EMR software:

Moving from paper to digital records. Many practices are practically buried in paper charts. By moving to a digital system, these offices can reduce clutter and increase accuracy.

Replacing outdated systems. A common complaint from software buyers often refers to the age of a system and it’s inability to perform as quickly or efficiently as newer applications. Other reasons: some older systems are no longer supported by the vendor, and new systems are likely to have updated features to meet federal requirements.

Integrating applications into one system. Double entry into various systems that perform different tasks wastes a lot of time. Practices seek more integration of software, and many modern systems offer combined applications or the ability to connect different systems together.

Market Trends to Understand

There are several trends happening in electronic medical records for mental health and psychiatry software. Here are a few you should consider as you select a product and vendor:

  • ONC-ATCB certification. Perhaps the most significant trend in psychiatric software and mental health systems is the U.S. government-backed move towards electronic medical records (EMR) adoption. A major component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (signed into law by President Obama in 2009) is the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which offers a “carrots and sticks” plan for medical offices to adopt mental health electronic health records. Qualified practices can earn up to $44,000 in reimbursements in the form of increased Medicare and Medicaid premiums. To qualify, mental and behavioral health professionals have to show “meaningful use” of ONC-ATCB-certified mental health EHR software.
  • Guidelines for Stage 2 of HITECH were announced in early 2012, and the deadline for physicians to become meaningful users was set for three years later. Those that fail to qualify will face decreased Medicare and Medicaid payments. For those evaluating mental health software, one major deciding factor should be whether it’s certified or not.
  • Mobile device support. The number of doctors and medical professionals bringing their mobile devices to work and accessing data on the go—via smartphones, tablets etc.—is growing. Psychology practice management software and psychiatry EMR software vendors are responding by offering more support for wireless devices. Some are even offering native apps for various operating systems (Apple, Android, Windows). When evaluating mental and behavioral health EHR software, consider what you’ll need in terms of mobile support.
  • Software as a Service (SaaS). The number of buyers interested only in Web-based EMR mental health systems is climbing at a steady rate. As cloud computing catches on in other industries, it is emerging quickly in healthcare as well. Common reasons for behavioral health software adoption include remote access, lower upfront costs and reduced IT burden. Also, developments in HIPAA compliance, data security and encryption, server reliability and data backup make Web-based behavioral health electronic health records viable alternatives for mental health practices.