Physician factors as an indicator of technological device adoption

J Med Syst. 2006 Jun;30(3):177-86. doi: 10.1007/s10916-005-8066-2.


This paper analyzes a sample interventional cardiologist's demographic, academic, and professional characteristics to provide an understanding of their technological device adoption styles. The study sample consisted of 15 physicians from two large Midwestern hospitals, one an academic medical center and the other a medium-sized community hospital. Interventional cardiologists were identified through their online physician profile and respective departments. A questionnaire was developed to assess each physician's self-perceived adoption style, their awareness of the new technology, their participation in clinical trials, organizational support, and how various factors influence their adoption of new technology. Lastly, a database of bare metal and drug eluting stents was examined to document the number of stents used by each physician. Pragmatic and observational findings are presented from the questionnaire, physician profile, to database on stent use. The paper concludes with a discussion of the managerial and forecasting implications and methods to promote technology adoption.

MeSH terms

  • Cardiology / instrumentation*
  • Cardiology / methods*
  • Databases, Factual
  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Drug Utilization Review
  • Illinois
  • Medical Laboratory Science / instrumentation*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / statistics & numerical data*
  • Stents / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires