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Social Network-Savvy Doctors Share Step-by-Step With Students

By: Katie Cordrey - Published: Feb 18, 2009   Updated: Aug 16 2011 • References: cnn
Michigan surgeons at Henry Ford Hospital are using Twitter to teach new techniques. Teaching via social-networking tools is becoming more common as a tech-savvy generation fills the ranks of future physicians. Doctors are able to do minute by minute updates, sharing every nuance of a procedure's complications and successes. Twittering makes teaching surgery a truly dynamic process.

There may come a day when not only doctors, but patients undergoing medical procedures will routinely share the experience as it happens.

Implications - This is mighty odd, in my opinion, but completely indicative of the kinds of changes that are becoming the norm in our digitally enhanced society. It's only a matter of time before each surgeon has a live Tweeter in the OR with them, providing updates in little 140-character bursts.