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3 ways to get an Embrace2 prescription without seeing your doctor

Have you felt that it’s impossible to see your doctor for them to write you a prescription to have your Embrace2 shipped? We understand that booking a doctor’s appointment can seem like forever and may require several trips to the hospital. Embrace2 is an FDA-cleared device that requires a prescription for use within the United States, and so it is necessary to have one.

While it might be easier for some people to get a prescription within a few weeks, for others, it might prove difficult. We’ve received a lot of requests regarding getting a prescription for Embrace, and this post aims to help make the process easier for you.

Ways to get a prescription easily

Going to see your doctor is one way to get a prescription, but there are other methods to get an Embrace prescription quickly and more easily.

1. Booking appointments with online doctors and getting prescriptions online

There are many online services available, which help you to book appointments with certified medical practitioners online. You can get a same-day appointment, consult with them, and have them prescribe Embrace2 for you immediately. Some of these platforms include Zocdoc, HeyDoctor, and ZoomCare among many others. You only need to come to your appointment (video call or phone call) prepared for a smooth consultation (more information on how to prepare will come later in this post). Be sure that the healthcare professional who writes your prescription includes their NPI number. It is one of the required pieces of information for your prescription.

2. Checking if your neurologist/hospital is registered for online consultations

Instead of driving or going all the way to your doctor’s office, your doctor might be licensed to have online appointments and consultations. You will find this information on your clinic’s website, or call your doctor’s office to find out. You may, however, need to check the laws about this in your state. According to the Center for Connected Health Policy, nine state boards issue licenses related to online consultations, allowing doctors in other states to consult patients online, and some of these consultations can be reimbursable.

With the recent events surrounding COVID-19, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has temporarily made it possible to consult with your doctor through the use of audio or video technology, to limit the risk infections. So, now, you can easily reach out to your doctor through Facebook video calls, Skype, Facetime, or other platforms to talk to them about your epilepsy and ask them to prescribe Embrace.

3. Have your Registered Nurse prescribe it instead

It can be tough to book an appointment with your doctor, but the good news is that your Registered Nurse can also prescribe Embrace2 for you! Nurse practitioners can prescribe medication and devices in all states in the US, but the degree of their independence from medical practitioners varies from state to state, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. So the next time you go to your doctor’s office and are not able to book an appointment, you can ask your nurse to prescribe Embrace2 for you instead.

Getting Prepared

Since you might not be seeing your neurologist for the Embrace2 prescription, you might need some extra preparation to get Embrace2 prescribed smoothly.

  • Download the template: The Embrace2 prescription has specific requirements, and we have prepared a template that can easily be filled out by whoever is writing your prescription.
  • Be ready to give a detailed description of your seizures and diagnosis: Embrace2 is designed to detect possible tonic-clonic seizures, and the doctor/nurse prescribing it would need to know if Embrace2 will work with your seizure type. Be ready to show them reports, your neurologist’s notes, and any other information they might need to understand your diagnosis.
  • Educate them about Embrace2 if they don’t already know it: You can show them our special page dedicated to doctors so that they can know how the Embrace technology works and if it will be a good fit, in line with your seizure history and diagnosis.

Whether you decide to get your Embrace2 prescription through an online doctor, have an online consultation with your doctor through a video call, or have your Registered Nurse write one for you, be careful to check if the prescription meets all the requirements to get it approved.

If you were able to get your prescription through any of the above methods, feel free to share your experience with us by writing to support@empatica.com: we’ll be happy to hear from you!

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