Technology in Practice
This section includes information about building, operating and maintaining a technology infrastructure for your practice that simplifies record keeping and practice management, while tapping into web resources and mobile applications for appropriate and effective outreach to potential clients and referral sources.
A review of the latest apps and tools for practicing psychologists
- Mindfulness Apps for Kids
A review of three apps to help children develop the skills they need to become more resilient, increase their well-being or bring calm to their lives.
- Latest Telehealth Solutions
A review of three popular telehealth platforms for practitioners.
- Mobile Apps for Clients
A review of three mobile apps that use mood tracking as a key function to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- Software for Practice
A review of three programs that can help practitioners run a psychological practice.
- Meditation Apps for Adults
A review of three mindfulness and meditation mobile apps that practicing psychologists could potentially recommend as resources for their patients.
Privacy and Security Online
How to protect your practice from email scams
Email scams — known as phishing — can expose your practice’s patient records and lead to massive fines.
More reports surface of telephone scammers targeting psychologists
Read about the top five ways to spot a scam.
ABCs and 123s of Encryption (PDF, 279KB)
What practitioners need to consider regarding data encryption.
Text therapy: New platforms spark questions
Several companies have developed Web-based platforms designed to connect prospective therapy clients with a professional via text messaging. However, many questions arise for consumers and psychologists as these companies promote this new way of engaging in therapy. Here are several considerations for psychologists and the public.
Mobile mental health
The growing market of mobile apps includes mental and behavioral health-related apps that could be used to supplement psychological services.
Managing Fallout from Online Reviews (PDF, 315KB)
Health care providers should have knowledge on how to avoid bad reviews, how to respond to negative reviews and if legal action can be taken.
The New World of Apps (PDF, 357KB)
Through mobile apps that allow users to monitor their health and wellness, psychologists can now connect with patients in ways that could supplement the therapeutic relationship and provide additional support to patients.
Social Media: What’s Your Policy? (PDF, 112KB)
Dr. Keely Kolmes, a psychologist pioneer in the professional use of social media, answers questions related to establishing social media policy for a psychology practice.
- How to Recover Your Data When Disaster Strikes
Identity Theft: Take Steps to Minimize Risk
According to a 2003 survey of identity theft victims, the emotional impact of identity theft can parallel that of victims of violent crime. Setting accounts and credit right again takes victims an average of 600 hours of work.
- Avoiding Identity Theft: Tips for Psychologists
- Protecting Your Patients from Identity Theft
- Securing Your Computer
- Beware of Spyware: Is Your Computer Being Monitored?
Automating Your Practice
Automating Your Practice, Part 1:
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Important factors to consider in automating a practice, including making effective use of technology to handle routine administrative tasks.
Automating Your Practice, Part 2:
Deciding What Technology You Need (and Don’t Need)
Learn how to conduct a technology needs assessment to identify computer hardware and software tools to automate your particular practice.
Automating Your Practice, Part 3:
Selecting and Configuring Technology
While each practice is unique, and each will likely have special hardware or software needs, here are a few sample equipment, software and service configurations designed to get you started.
- An Ounce of Prevention: Prepare for Computer Failure
Getting Control of Your E-mail Inbox
Managing email can also be a burden, consuming practitioners' time and taking them away from other important business and professional activities. This article offers some simple tips for getting control of your email inbox and processing your email more efficiently.
- Eight Simple Tips for Keeping Your Computer Running Smoothly
- Finding the Computer Support You Need
- Getting the Most from Your Computer
- Elements of a Professional Website