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Estimated pushes saved today
X This number is an estimate based on the current number of registered SmartDrive users (approximately 15,000) and assumes 1800 propulsion cycles per day with an 81% reduction achieved by the SmartDrive. This number is calculated by multiplying these three factors together and incrementing the total each hour. This is not a warranty of product performance, and actual results by individual users may vary. This estimate may be updated from time to time. Permobil disclaims all warranties, express or implied. Consult product literature for other warranty information.

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Introducing the SpeedControl Dial

Start, stop, and change your speed on-the-go

Wired control options

New
SpeedControl Dial
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Increase and decrease speeds without stopping
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Free with SmartDrive Purchase*


Max speed, acceleration

Programmable settings
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Tactile feedback
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Ergonomically designed
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SwitchControl
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Increase and decrease speeds without stopping
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Free with SmartDrive purchase*

Max speed, acceleration, control mode

Programmable settings
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Tactile feedback
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Ergonomically designed
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SwitchControl with Mono Jack Option
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Increase and decrease speeds without stopping
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Free with SmartDrive purchase*

Max speed, acceleration, control mode

Programmable settings
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Tactile feedback
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Ergonomically designed

 

* Limit (1) free wired controller with the purchase of a SmartDrive unit.

Wearable options

New
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watchOS

Operating System

iPhone required. Only compatible with Apple Watch Series 5 or newer

Apple-Watch-screen

Touchscreen

Screen Type

40mm - 45mm

Case Sizes
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Battery Life

Not sold by Permobil

Click here to download the SmartDrive MX2+ app for WatchOS

New
PushTracker E3

Wear OS by Google™

Operating System

No phone or Wi-Fi required

 

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Touchscreen

Screen Type

44mm

Case Size
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Battery Life

MSRP $276
($50 when purchased with SmartDrive)

Click here to download the SmartDrive MX2+ app from Google Play

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Power your push, your way

SmartDrive is backed by clinical research. To learn more about the clinical benefits of Power Assist, be sure to check out our Permobil White Paper - A systematic review of the evidence for power assist devices. Some examples of how Power Assist can benefit wheelchair users are:

• Opening doors

• Navigating through uneven surfaces, including carpets and rugs

• Housekeeping

• Taking care of family and pets

• Going up ramps and up to 17% inclines

• Navigating crowds by easily adjusting speeds

• Traveling long distances with minimal effort

Check out the Power Assist White Paper

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How to SmartDrive

Check out the videos below to get started with SmartDrive

 

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How to Pair & Connect PushTracker E3 for the First Time
How To Set Up PushTracker E3 with No Wi-Fi or Phone
How to change PushTracker E3 Settings
How to Practice Tap Gestures
How to Start and Stop Using Tap Gestures

SmartDrive FAQ's

 

How much does SpeedControl cost?

SpeedControl has an MSRP of $229 USD. Permobil does provide a no-charge wired controller (SpeedControl or SwitchControl) when ordering a new SmartDrive unit.

Who qualifies for SmartDrive?

Manual wheelchair users who have limitations propelling themselves adequately to complete their mobility related activities of daily living (MRADLs) in their home would be candidates for SmartDrive. Medicare and payers who follow their guidelines require the user to be in a manual wheelchair for at least one year before allowing coverage for SmartDrive.

I heard you need to be a manual wheelchair user for 1 year before you qualify for power assist device. Is that true?

This is true currently for Medicare and payers who follow Medicare guidelines. However, there are payers who don’t require the one year wait. Your insurance carrier can tell you what their specific requirements are to qualify for power assist devices.

Do I need to be in an ultra-lightweight manual wheelchair (K0005) to qualify for a SmartDrive?

No. SmartDrive can be adapted to fit most manual wheelchairs on the market, including tilt in space, hemi-height, and one-arm drive chairs. Not sure if your chair is compatible? Email us at support.smartdrive@permobil.com and we can help!

 

How much does SpeedControl cost?

SpeedControl has an MSRP of $229 USD. Permobil does provide a no-charge wired controller (SpeedControl or SwitchControl) when ordering a new SmartDrive unit.

Who qualifies for SmartDrive?

SmartDrive falls under the power mobility device coverage guidelines although it is an add-on to a manual wheelchair. Manual wheelchair users who have limitations propelling themselves adequately to complete their mobility related activities of daily living (MRADLs) in their home would be candidates for SmartDrive. Medicare and payers who follow their guidelines require the user to be in a manual wheelchair for at least one year before allowing coverage for SmartDrive.

How is SmartDrive coded in the USA?

SmartDrive has been code verified by Medicare’s Pricing and Data Analysis Contractor (PDAC) under HCPCS code E0986.

I heard clients need to be a manual wheelchair user for 1 year before they qualify for power assist. Is that true?

This is true currently for Medicare and payers who follow Medicare guidelines. However, there are payers who don’t require the one year wait. Your client’s insurance carrier can tell you what their specific requirements are to qualify for power assist devices.

How is SmartDrive reimbursed?

SmartDrive is HCPCS coded as E0986 which falls under a payment category known as capped rental for Medicare and payers who follow Medicare guidelines. Capped rental means insurance companies pay for SmartDrive over a period of 13 months, as opposed to paying one lump sum on the initial claim.

How do I justify needing a PushTracker E3 added to my client’s SmartDrive?

If your client has demonstrated the ability to use a wearable control, alone or in combination with a wired control, to engage the SmartDrive, stop the SmartDrive, and to control the speed appropriately, you should pursue such configuration through the clinical justification. Please see our LMN generator for more details.

Does my client need to be in an ultra-lightweight manual wheelchair (K0005) to qualify for a SmartDrive?

No. SmartDrive can be adapted to fit most manual wheelchairs on the market, including tilt in space, hemi-height, and one-arm drive chairs. Need to check for compatibility? Email us at support.smartdrive@permobil.com and we can help!

 

When an insurance company bases their payment rates on least costly alternative, what does that mean?

Least costly alternative is policy language insurance companies use to ensure they are satisfying medical need in the most cost-effective way possible. When it comes to SmartDrive, often times, the least costly alternative ends up being a Group 2 power wheelchair. It is important for the clinician to document the reasons why a Group 2 power wheelchair is not an effective way to satisfy medical need.

Who qualifies for SmartDrive?

SmartDrive falls under the power mobility device coverage guidelines although it is an add-on to a manual wheelchair. Manual wheelchair users who have limitations propelling themselves adequately to complete their mobility related activities of daily living (MRADLs) in their home would be candidates for SmartDrive. Medicare and payers who follow their guidelines require the user to be in a manual wheelchair for at least one year before allowing coverage for SmartDrive.

How is SmartDrive coded in the USA?

SmartDrive has been code verified by Medicare’s Pricing and Data Analysis Contractor (PDAC) under HCPCS code E0986.

I heard my clients need to be a manual wheelchair user for 1 year before you qualify for power assist. Is that true?

This is true currently for Medicare and payers who follow Medicare guidelines. However, there are payers who don’t require the one year wait. Your client’s insurance carrier can tell you what their specific requirements are to qualify for power assist devices.

How do I justify needing a PushTracker E3 added to my client’s SmartDrive?

If your client has demonstrated the ability to use a wearable control, alone or in combination with a wired control, to engage the SmartDrive, stop the SmartDrive, and to control the speed appropriately, you should pursue such configuration through the clinical justification. Please see our LMN generator for more details.

Does my client need to be in an ultra-lightweight manual wheelchair (K0005) to qualify for a SmartDrive?

No. SmartDrive can be adapted to fit most manual wheelchairs on the market, including tilt in space, hemi-height, and one-arm drive chairs. Need to check for compatibility? Email us at support.smartdrive@permobil.com and we can help!

 

When an insurance company bases their payment rates on least costly alternative, what does that mean?

Least costly alternative is policy language insurance companies use to ensure they are satisfying medical need in the most cost-effective way possible. When it comes to SmartDrive, often times, the least costly alternative ends up being a Group 2 power wheelchair. It is important for the clinician to document the reasons why a Group 2 power wheelchair is not an effective way to satisfy medical need.

How do I know if a SmartDrive & manual wheelchair is better than a Group 2 power wheelchair?

Some reasons a SmartDrive with a manual wheelchair should be considered over a Group 2 power wheelchair include when the person needs a device that fits within their home and when the person needs to travel using their car/truck (vs. an adapted vehicle). Please see our LMN generator for more details.