The healthcare industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity 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: RFID-enabled patient data tracker.
However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilising and reaching maturity.
Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.
200+ innovations will shape the healthcare industry
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the healthcare industry using innovation intensity models built on over 443,000 patents, there are 200+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Within the emerging innovation stage, drug delivery device security, microscopic image analysis models, and cellular imaging techniques are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Smart balloon catheters, automated immunoassay analysers, and AI-assisted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are smart fitness training system and non-invasive physiological monitoring, which are now well established in the industry.
Innovation S-curve for artificial intelligence in the healthcare industry
RFID-enabled patient data tracker is a key innovation area in artificial intelligence
RFID tracking systems enable the real-time monitoring of patient information such as name, medical records, allergies, medicine stock levels, expired pharmaceuticals, and other medical records. The RFID tags read the data, and the cloud-based system enables to collect and store the patient-physician data to track down information in the future through a unique RFID tag number. The technology is a powerful tool for the management of data like patient, equipment, hospital assets, medical staff, vehicles, machines, and physicians in healthcare facilities.
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 10+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established healthcare companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of RFID-enabled patient data tracker.
Key players in RFID-enabled patient data tracker – a disruptive innovation in the healthcare industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to RFID-enabled patient data tracker
|Company||Total patents (2010 - 2021)||Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies|
|Microsoft||93||Unlock company profile|
|FedEx||85||Unlock company profile|
|MEPS Real-Time||52||Unlock company profile|
|Johnson & Johnson||31||Unlock company profile|
|Mate Fertility||28||Unlock company profile|
|Koninklijke Philips||12||Unlock company profile|
|Medtronic||12||Unlock company profile|
|AcelRx Pharmaceuticals||10||Unlock company profile|
|77Kc||10||Unlock company profile|
|Brain Trust Innovations I||9||Unlock company profile|
|Haemonetics||8||Unlock company profile|
|Sakura Global Holding||7||Unlock company profile|
|Walmart||7||Unlock company profile|
|Baxter International||6||Unlock company profile|
|ResMed||6||Unlock company profile|
|Beijing Electronics Holding||5||Unlock company profile|
|Novartis||5||Unlock company profile|
|F. Hoffmann-La Roche||5||Unlock company profile|
|A-T Solutions||5||Unlock company profile|
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Microsoft is one of the leading patent filers in the field of RFID-enabled patient data tracker. Some other key patent filers in the field include FedEx, MEPS Real-Time, Johnson & Johnson, and Mate Fertility.
In terms of application diversity, Johnson & Johnson leads the pack, followed by ResMed and FedEx in second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Sakura Global held the top position, with 77Kc and Novartis in the second and third spots.
RFID tracking systems have a promising future in assisting medical services in hospitals, such as enhanced security, operational effectiveness, and cost savings by tagging stocks, assets, patient data, and personnel records. The technology’s ability to provide real-time traceability, identification, communication, and temperature can provide cost benefits to the healthcare sector.
To further understand how artificial intelligence is disrupting the healthcare industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Healthcare.