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Unity Health Physician First in the Country to us New Medtronic Technology

Monday, July 13, 2020

At the beginning of June 2020, Unity Health Cardiologist, Dr. Eric Robinson, became the first physician in the country to use Medtronic’s latest technology, the new Cobalt™ and Crome™ devices, for implanting heart devices.

Hospitals nationwide are working to educate and ease patient fears of seeking medical attention during the current pandemic. Among other measures in place, physicians at Unity Health are also leveraging new technologies to help patients manage their everyday heart health.

With the help of new technology, Dr. Robinson is meeting patients where they are with a new portfolio of next-generation implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy-defibrillators (CRT-Ds). The new Cobalt™ and Crome™ devices from Medtronic offer “smart” technology to better connect physicians with patients through a mobile app, ultimately increasing patient engagement while limiting in-person office visits.

“Medtronic has always been an industry leader in new pacing technology,” Robinson said. “We have been fortunate to have a great working relationship with them and the ability to offer all of our patients the best in the industry. At Unity Health, we had one of the first MRI compatible pacemaker procedures and performed one of the first on label MRI procedures in the state as well. We have also been able to offer some of our patients leadless Micra pacemakers. Now we were fortunate enough to be the first in the U.S. to implant the newest ICD technology available. It was not planned, but being the first in the country to use this technology was an honor and brought some recognition to our community hospital. In addition, our collaboration with Mayo Clinic helps us to streamline the availability of new pacing technology.”

The Cobalt and Crome portfolio personalizes treatment and utilizes advanced technology that keeps cardiac teams connected to what is happening with individual patients and their devices. With increased connectivity, providers are now able to view a patients’ data transmitted through their own smartphone or tablet, providing better outcomes and reduced follow-up for the patient.

The Unity Health – Cardiology Clinic is located at 711 Santa Fe Dr. in Searcy. The board-certified cardiologists offer a variety of services and are committed to offering the best heart care to patients. Call 501.279.9393 or visit to find a provider and make an appointment.