Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sleep Study Meets Social Media in Live Sleepup

There’s a great opportunity Thursday night if you’re considering a sleep study or you’re just curious how it works. Swedish Medical Center’s Sleep Medicine Associates in Seattle is hosting a Sleepup, a unique multimedia event combining social media with live streaming video.

Volunteer Paul Balcerak will be the center of all the attention. He’s going in for a sleep study because his wife fears he has obstructive sleep apnea. You’ll see him hooked up in a sleep lab, and later speaking with doctors as he’s diagnosed.

The doctors and technologists will be tweeting all night and taking your questions. They’ll be giving a play by play of the sleep study. The press release claims they’ll use charts, graphs and factoids to educate the public about sleep studies and explain their thought own process during diagnosis.

The Sleepup begins with a live chat with the patient and doctors at 8 p.m. Pacific standard time. The live streaming sleep study starts at 9 p.m. Find out the results and learn the treatment options Friday morning at 7 a.m.

Follow all the tweets by searching the hashtag #sleepup and submit your questions @GoSleepSeattle on Twitter or at the sleep center’s website.

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