Unique collaboration proves to be just what the doctor ordered

Elsevier and the American College of Cardiology secure more than 100,000 registered users for Cardiosource.

Philadelphia, July 13, 2004 – Elsevier and the American College of Cardiology (ACC), announced today that Cardiosource, the world’s leading online information service for cardiovascular professionals, surpassed 100,000 registered users. This establishes Cardiosource as the most highly used resource for professional cardiovascular information, education and online CME. Total registered user count is based on the e-mail addresses of users who have registered on the site since its launch in November 2002. With awareness growing, Cardiosource secures approximately 600 new unique registered users per week

In addition to the growing number of registered users, more than 3,000 users have subscribed to the Cardiosource Premium online service. This service (available for an additional fee) provides immediate access to a collection of leading cardiology reference texts, patient handouts, expert analysis and commentary, clinical images, Mosby’s Drug Consult and online CME resources. In addition to the registered users and Premium subscribers, more than 10,000 members of the ACC have activated basic Cardiosource access, which they receive as a benefit of annual ACC membership dues.

“Our editorial board calls on hundreds of experts from around the world to maintain a broad range of current information in Cardiosource,” says Alfred A. Bove, Cardiosource’s editor-in-chief. “Their expertise provides the clinical cardiologist with the newest data from clinical trials, clinical research and guidelines to provide high quality care to patients with cardiovascular disease. We are continually updating both the information content and the functionality of Cardiosource to make it the premier site for cardiovascular knowledge.”

The most recent addition to Cardiosource is the “CME on the fly” feature, which has proved to be highly attractive for time-strapped cardiologists seeking to fulfill their annual CME requirements quickly and inexpensively. This feature enables Cardiosource Premium subscribers to earn unlimited CME credits in small, quarter-hour increments.

By integrating a database of the most respected cardiology content and educational resources available, Cardiosource has established itself as the most sophisticated, unbiased, and information-rich professional medical knowledge service on the Internet. The extensive content and technology partnership between the ACC and Elsevier is unique within the professional and scholarly publishing industry. As the majority of its revenue is derived from annual subscriptions, Cardiosource retains the level of professional medical integrity for which the ACC and Elsevier are known worldwide.

“The ACC and Elsevier have worked very hard over the last 18 months to establish usage and relevance of Cardiosource for the professional cardiovascular community. Reaching the 100,000 registered user milestone validates the importance of Cardiosource in providing must-have information and educational resources for cardiologists that only the market leaders in professional cardiology information and education could provide,” stated Monique Fayad, vice president of Electronic Development for Elsevier’s Health Sciences Division. “By continuously integrating feedback from our users into content and functionality enhancements, we intend to make Cardiosource an indispensable information resource for practicing cardiologists and the entire cardiac care team.”


About Cardiosource
A collaboration between Elsevier and the American College of Cardiology, Cardiosource provides immediate online access to clinical cardiology research, analysis and educational resources. Cardiosource was launched in 2002 to help practicing cardiovascular specialists stay current with developments in cardiovascular medicine and scientific research. Cardiosource is the online source for the world's premier cardiovascular journals, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the ACC Current Journal Review, as well as 20 additional titles. Users can access the full text of journals to which they subscribe.

Premium subscribers to Cardiosource receive broad access to high-quality clinical information, education and practice support tools. Premium subscription features include: Hundreds of hours of peer-reviewed, self-selected CME, including case studies and other self-assessment activities; expert analysis and commentary on the latest research findings, controversial issues, clinical trials, and educational programs; more than 100,000 downloadable clinical images; up-to-date information on more than 800 clinical trials -- including principal findings, interpretations, study design, summary slides and expert commentaries; full text access to ten definitive cardiovascular texts including Braunwald’s Heart Disease and Otto’s The Practice of Clinical Echocardiography, Mosby’s Drug Database, drug interaction software and printable patient handouts of drug information; over 175 cardiology patient education handouts in English and Spanish.

About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology, a 29,000-member non-profit professional medical society and teaching institution, is dedicated to fostering optimal cardiovascular care and disease prevention through professional education, promotion of research, leadership in the development of standards and guidelines, and the formulation of health care policy.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com