Twittering Surgery

Surgeons have found a new way to send updates to other doctors, medical students, and the public during surgery -by using the social networking site Twitter! Last week, doctors at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit "Tweeted" an operation to remove a tumor from a kidney.
Dr. Craig Rogers, the lead surgeon in the Henry Ford surgery, said the impetus for his Twittering was to let people know that a tumor can be removed without taking the entire kidney.

"We're trying to use this as a way to get the word out," Rogers said.

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," said Christopher Parks, co-founder of the Web site changehealthcare.com. "It brings us closer together and makes us more engaged."

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It sounds like he did it after the surgery was over. This is the kind of surgeon that I would want, because it probably means that he is also keeping up with new technologies and advancements in medicine, instead of thinking that he's been doing this for xx years so the old ways are the best.
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I certainly hope the doc is dictating to someone else and not typing during surgery. I'd like his full attention on my kidney, thank you very much.
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