When you think of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), you might think of larger facilities and therapy practices with lots of resources. However, independent (solo) therapists and small mental health offices and clinics can benefit just as much from EHRs as large practices do.

Thankfully, the MHR Network makes it easier to transition from paper documents to EHRs.

The fact that EMR and EHR systems are everywhere and often times expensive is how you know automating the paperwork for both medical and behavioral health providers is not only working, but here to stay and the way of the future. And, for those reason alone, if you’re still using paper documents and handwritten notes, it’s probably time for you to seriously consider switching to an online EHR system.

The reasons for switching to an online electronic health record-keeping system are many. In fact, too many for one article. However, here are three good reasons to start.

So Much Faster

Managing your client’s demographic, insurance, and medication information is time consuming. Managing appointments, compliance, documents, encounters, billing, invoices, receipts goals, and status notes take a long time. And, that doesn’t even count writing assessments and filling out claim forms. Wouldn’t it be nice if you quickly and easily manage all of that for each client all in one central location with nothing more than a keyboard and mouse?

Added Security Benefits

Another reason to consider making the switch to and EHR system has to do with security. Electronic records allow you to store patient files safely using secured access and encryption protection to avoid HIPAA violations. Using paper documents and folders is too cumbersome and too much of a risk when you consider how easy the alternatives are.

When using paper documents, you run the risk of unauthorized staff members gaining access to patient information. With EHRs, you can restrict access to authorized personnel only. When you electronically file records, you can also avoid security issues involved with improper filing.

Less Confusion

Has anyone ever told you that you have a doctor’s signature? Health care professionals often scribble notes, prescriptions, and signatures. It is not uncommon for confusion to occur because the handwritten notes are illegible.

Why not put an end once and for all to any potential confusion by implementing the use of electronic notes rather than handwritten ones. Of course, some therapists love their handwritten notes because they can freely enter information outside of uniformed entry lines, but the MHR Network allows you to do that, too. With SOAP and PAIP notes available only a click away, you can add/edit your client session notes easier and more meaningful than ever.

What is the MHR Network?

The MHR Network is an online client management and charting website created specifically for solo therapists and small offices and clinics in the behavioral health industry.

The HIPAA-compliant website not only facilitates the workflow of mental health professionals through a user-friendly interface that is comprehensive and intuitive, but is also accessible wherever and whenever you need it.

With the MHR Network, you can:

  • Manage Client Profile, Demographic, Insurance, & Medication Information
  • Schedule/Manage Appointments
  • Maintain Client Assessment Forms
  • Create/Manage & Print CMS-1500 Forms for Quick Claims
  • Manage Your Client’s Compliance & Goals
  • Send Semi-Custom Documents (i.e. Welcome Letter, Informed Consent, Payment Agreement, etc.) for Signature
  • Easily Manage Encounters, Billings, Invoices, & Receipts
  • Search Built-in ICD-10 / DSM-V
  • Manage Status Notes
  • Manage Crisis Reports (clinics) for Walk-in’s

How is the MHR Network Different from Other EMR/EMH Systems?

The MHR Network was developed by the Virtual Therapist Network as a viable and low-cost alternative to expensive EMR/EMH systems that are currently developed for larger organizations who have much greater resources and the ability to afford such expensive systems. And, unlike the EMR/EHR systems that exist today, the MHR Network was developed specifically for the behavioral health industry. That translates to an online client management system for mental health professionals that is cheaper, faster and easier to learn and use.

What is the Virtual Therapist Network?

The Virtual Therapist Network is a HIPAA compliant audio and video website for therapists, counselors, and life coaches, within the U.S. and Canada, to sign-up and immediately begin offering HIPAA secure online therapy, counseling, and life coaching to new and/or established clients via the Internet.

Since 2014, the founding principle for the Virtual Therapist Network is, and always has been, to develop low-cost alternatives for mental health professionals to become more accessible and successful.

Free 30-Day Trial

If you’re a behavioral health professional looking for a low-cost client management system that will take your solo practice or office/clinic to the next level and help you be more productive, visit the MHR Network website for more information. We offer a risk-free, 30-day trial period without credit card information that allows you to get started today.