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TherapyZen – Review
Pros: User-friendly, Easy to Learn, International support
Cons: No Electronic Insurance Filing
Standout Features: User Interface, Dashboard, International/Time Zone support
It’s May Be a Good Choice For Practices That Are: Private Pay practices with basic needs or that might benefit from some of TherapyZen’s unique feature offerings.
Since it’s launch in 2016, TherapyZen has continued to innovate. From the helpful set up wizard to the clean, user-friendly interface, there’s a lot to like. They’ve also added some features that are difficult to find in this market.
From the get go, TherapyZen feels comfortable as it guides you through setting up an account. The Dashboard provides a nice summary of important information and statistics and the menu is easy to access. There’s even a quick menu for accessing “Recently Viewed Clients”. Important features like automated appointment reminders and client attachments are implemented. TherapyZen already has credit card integration and a significant client portal, allowing clients to make appointments and complete intake paperwork. This includes the ability for providers to craft custom intake paperwork and progress notes.
TherapyZen has some features that are difficult to find in the behavioral health EHR market. For example, they now offer support for multiple locations and time zones, ensuring that clinician and client see their own time zone reflected in appointment times. TherapyZen has also gone international, allowing users to set their native language and region. This includes the conversion of currency formats, date formats, addresses, and phone numbers to the local standard, anywhere in the world. TherapyZen also offers an excellent workflow for documenting family and group therapy.
The primary drawback to TherapyZen is the lack of electronic insurance filing features. For exclusively private pay practices, this will likely be a non-issue. The work flow of invoicing and collecting payment could also use some refinement as it is one of the few areas of TherapyZen that isn’t entirely intuitive/integrated.
Considering how responsive TherapyZen has been to feedback and their continued innovations, I expect they will continue to improve and be a viable options for many private pay practices.
Update May 2020 – TherapyZen has added integrated telehealth functionality.
Update April 2021 – TherapyZen has added the ability to customize intake documents and the ability to include links to external telehealth applications in client messages.
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