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B.C.’s health authorities are testing thousands of children in a pilot program that hopes to find out how many people will use the Internet before they have a birth.
The province is using a computer-generated image of a baby’s face as a template to make a baby test tube and then record the results online.
The pilot project will last about a year, with the province hoping to get the results by mid-2017.
The goal is to see how many babies who go through the test tube process are happy, happy, satisfied and have a healthy brain.
The idea is to get an idea of how many children will have a successful Internet-using birth and see if the program can save lives, says Health Minister David Eggen.
The baby will be sent to a hospital to have a CT scan and then be given a test tube to see if they are positive for autism.
Eggen says the goal is not just to find a baby who has autism, but a baby with the full spectrum of autism.
“We’re looking at people with developmental disabilities, people with mental health issues, people who are having a family breakdown,” he says.
“And we’re looking to see what happens with children with autism.
We’re also looking at the impact on children with developmental disorders, mental health conditions, those who have an emotional or behavioral disorder.”
It is a program the government hopes will save lives.
The program has been around for about 20 years and has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, says Eggen, but this is a different kind of program.
“When we started the project, it was to get a sense of what percentage of children with disabilities were in the care system, and we knew that a very small percentage of them were being tested,” he said.
“So we wanted to get at that question.
We also wanted to see a better sense of whether there was a risk that our children were being given the wrong test tube.
We wanted to know how many were going to die and so on.”
Eggin says it will take about one to two years to get all the results and has some big challenges ahead.
“We know that the Internet is a very large place and we’re not going to be able to get everything done in the shortest time frame,” he explains.
But there is no question that if the results are positive, it will be a big help to parents who are trying to conceive, Eggen says.
The results from the pilot will then be sent back to the provincial government, and Eggen is hopeful that the province will use it to increase its testing.
“If we can get the information back to them, and they can do the same, I think that will make a huge difference in the delivery of care for people who want to conceive,” he adds.
The program is expected to be a success and will eventually be rolled out to the rest of B.A.C.
A health officials say the results will give parents and other interested parties an idea how many of their children are likely to have Internet problems.
“The results will help us decide how many additional tests and interventions to provide,” says Health Services Minister Dr. Andrew Weaver.
“They’re not only a way to save lives; they’re also an important tool for parents to think about.”
Egen says it is too soon to know if the test will be rolled into future services or if it will remain a pilot.