GS1 Healthcare Strategy 2018-2022

GS1 Healthcare works to embrace the speed of change and continues to assist standards implementation, but at the same time recognises new developments that can influence and accelerate that implementation - all the way to the patient.

The GS1 Healthcare strategy is specifically designed to ensure our the activities until 2022 deliver substantial progress towards the GS1 Healthcare vision and mission.


Our vision

GS1 Healthcare envisions a future in which the healthcare sector achieves harmonised implementation of global standards in business and clinical processes enabling interoperability,  optimal quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery to benefit patients.

Our mission

GS1 Healthcare is a neutral and open community bringing together all related healthcare stakeholders to lead the successful development and implementation of global GS1 standards enhancing patient safety, operational and supply chain efficiencies.

Harnessing the power of open, global standards to address the challenges of healthcare and benefit patients worldwide

The 2018-2022 strategy comprises three main areas designed to:

  • Ensure that current activities are maintained to drive deeper standards implementation
  • Further enhance the already increased focus on healthcare providers (hospitals and retail pharmacies) and bring the patient increasingly into focus
  • Allow monitoring, influencing and action, where appropriate, to engage with merging technology developments


GS1 standards enable healthcare’s digital thread


The digital thread, is a situational depiction representing the application of GS1 standards in healthcare in a simple and powerful way. It demonstrates healthcare stakeholders and their interrelationships, communicates graphically how GS1 standards apply in healthcare today and gives a view of the future in 2022 driven by the activities of the strategy.

The digital thread’s multi-dimensional view encompasses:

  1. Key healthcare stakeholders
  2. Relationships and connections between stakeholders, and to the patient as the ultimate beneficiary
  3. The role of GS1 standards that can enable these connections
  4. The current status of implementation of GS1 standards
  5. A look into the future, including the anticipated changes to implementation driven by the strategy activities