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Hushmail is an email encryption service that boasts a HIPAA (a US Act describing basic security practices for healthcare providers) compliant Healthcare package, suitable for therapists in private practice. Each user gets 10GB of storage, with phone and email support too. As Hushmail is a Canadian-based company, their phone support is limited to 1pm-midnight UK time. Nevertheless, you can use Hushmail wherever you work, as it is available on desktop and mobile devices.

As it is a web-based service, you don′t need to install any software or hardware to use it. In addition, your recipients don′t need to have the same email provider as you. You can also use unlimited aliases ending in for times when you would like to mask your real email address. This can be useful for sorting your incoming emails into different sections within your inbox. As with all encryption software, no third party can intercept your emails, so your data will remain private. Hushmail stores data in Canada under Canadian Law protection, rather than in any ′Cloud′ where it could be more vulnerable.

One highly useful feature of this product is that it automatically creates an archive of all your mail, both sent and received. This is not only important for your personal records, but essential for audit purposes. Another popular feature for healthcare professionals is Secure Forms (included in the Healthcare package). These allow current and potential clients to initiate secure contact with you by providing them with the ability to send secure, encrypted messages and attachments through a contact form on your website.

The Healthcare package costs $9.99 per user, per month. This is very affordable for small businesses. You could opt for the lower monthly cost of $5.99 per user, per month, which is the Small Business package, but this is not HIPAA compliant. Unlike some similar products on the market, Hushmail does not offer a free trial, but they will refund your fees if you cancel your account within 60 days of opening it.

On the whole, Hushmail is a cost-effective solution for sending encrypted messages to anyone, anywhere. Its dedicated Healthcare package ensures that you are compliant with current regulations and shows that it is built with professionals like you in mind.