The following items are a collection of other interesting insights gleaned from CardioSurve:

  • The top three changes that cardiologists would like to see their patients make in 2010 are: stop smoking, exercise more frequently and strive for a healthy weight. (January 2010)
  • More patients are taking an active role in their care with the help of increased direct-to-patient advertising. Cardiologists report that on average, one out of every seven patients (14%) are requesting a drug or treatment they have seen advertised. Moreover, research conducted two years ago found that in the absence of any science, guidelines or clinical trials, physicians are more likely to prescribe the therapy requested by the patient, which bodes well for the companies doing the advertising. (January 2010)
  • On average, cardiologists say that they utilize a product resource (i.e.: samples, product information, disease state information, indigent patient support, etc.) during an office visit for approximately 23% of their patients. (January 2010)
  • Patient compliance (82%) and pharmacological interventions (67%) are the two most effective ways of reducing cardiovascular disease; imaging technologies (25%), genomic medicine (21%) and invasive procedures (19%) are less important. (May 2010)
  • Three-quarters (75%) of cardiologists report that they use a hand-held device such as a PDA, smartphone or iPhone to assist with work. (April 2010)
  • Two-thirds (66%) of cardiologists in private practices are currently compensated on a fee for service basis exclusively and, similarly, nearly two-thirds (62%) of these private practice cardiologists indicate that their ideal compensation is fee for service. Conversely, more than three-fourths (81%) of the cardiologists who are not in private practice currently receive a salary as their primary source of income. However, it is interesting to note that only 56% of these cardiologists state that a salary is their ideal form of compensation. Fee for service (19%) and a mixed compensation system (27%) gain traction as a form of ideal compensation among this group. (June 2010)
  • In-person meetings (70%) are most preferred by cardiologists for CME. This is consistent between private practices and those cardiologists not in private practice. After that, grand rounds are preferred more strongly by cardiologists not in private practices. However, cardiologists in private practice prefer online modules over grand rounds. In terms of MOC, online modules (43%) are the most popular among cardiologists. (June 2010)
  • Ambulatory registries hold appeal for the benefits they provide, specifically: ability to compare yourself and/or your practice to national benchmarks, improve the quality of care you deliver, gain access to quality improvement insights and best practices, demonstrate that your practice delivers the best quality care to your patients, and receive quarterly benchmark reports that show how you compare on a practice, location and provider level. (April 2010)