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Compare mental health EMR software with Luminello

Finally, an EMR built by and for psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and counselors! Compare our EMR / EHR and see how easy it is to use, how affordable it is, and why many mental health providers are switching to Luminello. Manage your private practice with all the features and tools you need, and less of the stuff that you don’t.

In this page, we outline the differences between some of the other mental health EMR and EHR software providers that our customers often switch from, including Practice Fusion, Valant, Simple Practice, Kareo and more. This comparison information below is based on the feedback and experiences they shared with us.


“This is the first out of many EMRs I’ve tried that is intuitive to use and has the features I need without the unwieldly bulk that I don’t. I love using Luminello.”

Sarah O’Neil, M.D., Psychiatrist, Newton, MA

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Practice Fusion vs Luminello

Luminello and Practice Fusion EHR were designed with different philosophies, goals, and audiences in mind.

Practice Fusion

  • Aims to serve as large a market for physicians as possible, and therefore includes features for all medical professions.
  • Not “free” anymore – charging $99/month per provider starting May 2018.  They also make money by selling ads to you while you use it, and charging high markups for add-ons, such as insurance claim processing.
  • E-prescribe controlled substances is not available in all states.
  • To reduce costs, they don’t invest heavily in customer service – which is why it can take days to weeks to hear back from them when you have a question.
  • Makes no promises about what they will do with non-anonymized patient data.
  • Future is unclear after recent acquisition by AllScripts.
  • No clear path to profitability; were sold for less money than they raised.
  • Overwhelming, crowded screens.


  • Focused on serving the need of mental health providers exclusively – Luminello is designed by and for them, and therefore has just what you need, but no unnecessary features.
  • Clean, clear and easy-to-use screens.
  • Offers an ad-free lifetime version.
  • E-prescribe controlled substances in all 50 states.
  • Offers a free lifetime version, and highly affordable premium plans.
  • Invested in your success, and so we invest heavily in customer service – we respond to you within hours, not days.
  • Will never sell non-anonymized patient data.
  • Not funded by venture capital or run by major corporation, so we have 100% control over the features we offer and rates we charge. And, our founder uses Luminello every day!


Valant vs Luminello

Luminello and Valant both serve the mental health community, but go about doing so in different ways.


  • Developed before “user-friendly” became a mantra. Our customers who have switched tell us it is “clunky” and not “intuitive.”
  • Is expensive – too large of a monthly or annual bill to swallow.
  • Requires a long-term contract.
  • Our users who have switched tell us customer service can take days or weeks to respond.


  • Built to be simple, following our core tenant to be user-friendly – and reinforced daily by our founders (a psychiatrist and a designer).
  • Offers a free lifetime version, and highly affordable premium plans.
  • Will never make you sign a contract or pay mandatory EMR set-up fees.
  • Invested in your success, and so we invest heavily in customer service. We respond to you within hours, not days.


Simple Practice vs Luminello

Luminello and SimplePractice both serve therapists and counselors, but Luminello also serves psychiatrists and their specific practice needs.

Simple Practice

  • Built for therapists.
  • Does not offer e-prescribing.
  • Does not have a free plan.


  • Build for therapists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners and more.
  • Offers e-prescribing, integrated Carlat med info, and coming soon … e-labs and e-prior authorization.
  • Has a free plan that you can use for as long as you like, until you decide to add premium features.


Kareo vs Luminello


  • Expensive.
  • Not focused on the needs of mental health providers.


  • Offers a free lifetime version.
  • Offers highly affordable premium and e-prescribe plans.
  • Build to address the needs of therapists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners and more.

Psychology Today vs Luminello

Psychology Today

  • Charges a monthly fee for your public profile.
  • Does not allow you to pre-screen new patient/client requests.
  • Does not offer HIPAA compliant messaging.
  • Does not allow you to update your availability in real-time.
  • Does not offer online booking.
  • Does not include an amazing EMR/EHR. 🙂


  • Gives you a free public profile.
  • Allows you to pre-screen potential new patients/clients before you communicate with them.
  • Allows for secure messaging that integrates within the chart.
  • Offers online booking (premium feature).
  • Is a complete suite of features, not a one-off.

Compare the benefits of Luminello

Luminello Valant Practice Fusion Psychology Today

EMR/EHR designed specifically for mental health field

E-rx, including controlled substances in all 50 states

Scheduler with appointment reminders

Secure email with patients/clients

Email extends to colleagues and non-medical providers (teachers, etc.)

Email easily integrated into chart

Links to Carlat CME/CEUs from within chart

Customizable public profile page

Pre-screen prospective patients/clients

Patient/client friendly up-to-date availability timestamp


Streamlined, fast, simple interface

Plus, even more innovative Luminello features are planned for release throughout 2018.