All I want is a piece of therapist software that:
1. Allows me to enter the cash and checks I receive, and print statements.
2. Keeps my calendar, allows people to book appointments online, and sends reminder emails.
3. Lets me enter reminders for the next session.
4. Provides a way to enter session notes.
5. Runs across the Internet in a secure browser connection.
6. Cuts directly to the chase, and doesn’t do a bunch of other stuff that makes screens complicated and navigation ponderous.
Software vendors, in order to compete, imagine that they need to keep adding features. But I just want something really simple!
If my buddy Steve-the-software-genius gets motivated, he’ll stay up nights for a couple weeks and whip it out. We used to make hospital software together, and he could do an amazing amount of coding in a few weeks, given enough coffee and donuts. Whenever we were worried about project progress, I’d remind him of the character of Boxer in Orwell’s Animal Farm, who would simply say, “I will work harder.” (I didn’t mention that Boxer ends up in a truck headed for the glue factory.)
We were younger then.
Meanwhile, I’m making do with Outlook and QuickBooks.