Software Reviews

Note from The Online Therapy Hub
The following reviews have been carried out by Dr Carole Francis-Smith, a BPS chartered and HCPC registered counselling psychologist. We′ve read each review carefully and published them here for your interest. Please note that The Private Practice Hub and its associated sites are independent and provides impartial advice to enable practitioners to make an informed decision on what product or service to use. Please read the information below each review for further clarification.

Healthy Practice: Review

30 June 2017    Dr Joanne Weston
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Healthy Practice was first launched in 1989 and is still going strong, having had a substantial upgrade recently. This practice management software, which is aimed at chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists, is an efficient and comprehensive package. It is also aimed at audiologists, on a different pricing structure.Read More

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Fruit Street Review

20 June 2017    Carole Francis-Smith
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Fruit Street is described as a telemedicine software product available on most devices and software platforms. They provide secure video communications (Vsee is the developer of Fruit Street) and a payment system (via Stripe) through the application. There is facility to monitor patients’ health, diet and lifestyle data by linking medical and wearable devices (such as fitbit).Read More

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Facetime & iMessage review

18 May 2017    Dr Carole Francis-Smith
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Facetime is a free Internet application that allows webcam type communications via Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, MacBook and Mac PCs) using an Internet/WiFi connection or mobile data. iMessage is the equivalent, but as an instant messaging app. Both applications come pre-loaded on the devices and only require setting up via an Apple ID (which will be familiar to Apple users). They will work on an iPhone 4 device or later, and from an iPad 3 (although with some restrictions) and later.Read More

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WhatsApp review

16 May 2017    Dr Carole Francis-Smith
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WhatsApp is a free online application you can download onto your mobile phone or tablet (Android, iPhone & Windows phone-friendly) or PC. It offers the facility to have free, secure instant messaging text or telephone conversations and offers other file/ photo sharing features, as long as you are connected to the Internet (via mobile data or Wi-Fi).Read More

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Meemee.tv review

25 July 2016    Dr Carole Francis-Smith
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A review of Meemee.tv, a platform that allows you to broadcast and participate in live video communications - ideal for training and webinars!Read More

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Review of Zoom

31 May 2016    
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Zoom is designed for secure online meetings by IM, Video or audio communications. It can be used for 1-to-1 communications but has many applications to use for group meetings, and is available for use on most desktop, tablet or mobile devices. Zoom has file sharing, screenshare and annotation capabilities. Read More

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Review of CoachingSpaces

31 May 2016    
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On CoachingSpaces you can set up a project page using an array of 3D virtual images and tools. There are different types of packages some of which come with a cost. Several of the packages allow secure video and IM communications within a project you have created. Read More

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Review of PlusGuidance

31 May 2016    
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PlusGuidance (PG) is an online platform, which aims to connect trained online therapists with those seeking help for mental health issues. The platform allows therapists free access to the secure webcam, Instant message and email system as well as secure file sharing. Read More

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Review of Skype & Skype for Business

31 May 2016    
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Skype is a well-known and well-used Internet communication system that offers; Instant message (IM), video and voice communication (both individual and group) as well as file transfers. They offer free access to Skype and a larger package they now call Skype for business, which comes with a cost. It operates on most platforms.Read More

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Review of iCam Professional Services Ltd

31 May 2016    
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iCam for therapists and coaches is a secure online system, offering IM, audio and video communication. This package has a cost (discussed later) but includes the facility for clients to pay safely online and other marketing opportunities. At the moment there are no screenshare or file transfer facilities, although I understand they are under development.Read More

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