Twitter in the OR: Tweeting a surgery

In Twitter, the medium is often the message: just do a Tweet search for "social media" and you'll see the term loading several times each minute as people try to figure out what to do with this new method of communication.

Trying to have meaningful dialogue with other people in just 140 character bursts can be a challenge. And keeping up with all the people you follow can be just as difficult. So really, is it just another vanity project? What good is Twitter?

The doctors at Henry Ford Hospital recently decided to make it an educational forum. They tweeted through a particularly difficult surgery providing the Twitterati up-to-the-minute details on progress in the OR. Super kewl use of technology! Possibly the best use I've seen so far...