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.