The healthcare industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation. 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 Cloud 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 cloud
Active shape model (ASM) is a segmentation algorithm that employs a statistical shape model to restrict segmentations to “realistic” shapes. This allows for the strong segmentation of organs with low contrast relative to surrounding tissues. ASMs iteratively morph to fit a fresh image containing an example of the object. The approach has been widely applied to facial, mechanical, and medical image analysis (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 application aids in the analysis of the data stored on remote servers. In order to detect any pathology that may be present, the ASM divides the image into numerous possible shapes and robustly segments organs with low contrast to the neighbouring structure.
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