You didn’t have to be in the OR to watch 79-year-old Eleanor Day’s cochlear implant surgery yesterday. Thanks to Twitter, Instagram and the communications staff at Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center, you could watch the whole process unfold, live, over the Internet. And you’ll likely be able to see more just like it in the future. Live-tweeting medical procedures is viewed by many in the medical community as an excellent way to educate prospective patients and demystify surgery.

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