Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Surgeons send 'tweets' from operating room

It's potentially a risky surgery, but everything's ready: The doctors and nurses are in the operating room, the surgical instruments are sterilized and ready to go, and the chief resident is furiously Twittering on his laptop.

That's right -- last week, for the second known time, surgeons Twittered a surgery by using social-networking site Twitter to give short real-time updates about the procedure.

Following the February 9 operation online were other doctors, medical students and the merely curious.

Observers say Twittering about a procedure is a natural outgrowth of the social networking media revolution.
Doing this removes a real communication barrier. It helps make something scary much more comprehendable.