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July 19, 2022

How is cloud innovation progressing in the healthcare industry?

Analysis of patent filings revealse the top companies for related applications in the industry over the past year

By Data Journalism Team

Research and innovation in cloud in the healthcare operations sector has stagnated in the last quarter.

The most recent figures show that the number of related patent applications in the industry stood at 32 in the three months ending May – down from 38 over the same period in 2021.

Figures for patent grants related to followed a different pattern to filings – growing from 27 in the three months ending May 2021 to 31 in the same period in 2022.

The figures are compiled by GlobalData, who track patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Using textual analysis, as well as official patent classifications, these patents are grouped into key thematic areas, and linked to key companies across various industries.

is one of the key areas tracked by GlobalData. It has been identified as being a key disruptive force facing companies in the coming years, and is one of the areas that companies investing resources in now are expected to reap rewards from.

The figures also provide an insight into the largest innovators in the sector.

Fresenius SE & Co KGaA was the top innovator in the healthcare operations sector in the latest quarter. The company, which has its headquarters in Germany, filed 16 related patents in the three months ending May. That was down from 23 over the same period in 2021.

It was followed by the United States based Cerner Corp with 14 patent applications, Japan based Paramount Bed Co Ltd (2 applications), and the United States based Omnicell Inc (1 applications).

Cerner Corp has recently ramped up R&D in . It saw growth of 64.3% in related patent applications in the three months ending May compared to the same period in 2021 - the highest percentage growth out of all companies tracked with more than 10 quarterly patents in the healthcare operations sector.

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