The healthcare industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation. Activity is driven by telemedicine, real-time diagnostics, smart hospitals and access to digital therapies, and the growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), augmented reality (AR), robotics and data management practices. In the last three years alone, there have been over 106,000 patents filed and granted in the healthcare industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: Active shape model segmentation. Buy the report here.
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 443,000 patents to analyse innovation intensity for the healthcare industry, there are 200+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Active shape model segmentation is a key innovation area in artificial intelligence
Active shape models (ASMs) iteratively deform to fit to an object in a fresh picture. ASM employs a statistical shape model (SSM) to confine segmentations to ‘plausible’ shapes. This allows robust segmentation of low-contrast organs. Faces, mechanical components, and medical images have been analysed using the technique (in 2D and 3D).
GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 80+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established healthcare companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of active shape model segmentation.
Key players in active shape model segmentation – a disruptive innovation in the healthcare industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to active shape model segmentation
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
The ASM is a model-based technique that uses a previous model of the predicted contents of the image and normally seeks to locate the optimal spot for matching the model and the data in a fresh image. It has been effectively used to solve a variety of issues, and the AI emergence is advancing the active shape model.
To further understand how artificial intelligence is disrupting the healthcare industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Healthcare.