The G-STIC 2018 Health sessions looked at the problems that health faces today, gathering the technology trends to face them, and the governance systems that can lead toward the SDGs. In particular, it was discussed how technology can improve universal health coverage systems and preparedness for emerging diseases. G-STIC 2018 recommendations include the use of big data and AI for health surveillance systems, the use of OMICS for health predictions, the development of accessible vaccines and the development of off-grid energy technologies to support the vaccine logistics cold chain.
G-STIC 2018 brought attention to technologies that are impactful, scalable and affordable, which can confer resilience to universal health coverage and contribute to the main goal of the 2030 Agenda: to promote sustainable development, leaving no one behind. A broader list of recommendations was developed, including the need to reinforce the aspirational goals of 2030 Agenda and apply the principles and recommendations of the UN’s Technological Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) to health.