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 Cybersecurity in Healthcare: Remote continuous monitoring devices. 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.

Remote continuous monitoring devices is a key innovation area in cybersecurity

Remote continuous monitoring (RPM) devices monitor patient’s acute or chronic conditions in the home setting and clinical practice using wireless wearable sensors. Remote continuous monitoring (RPM) devices permit patients to check their blood pressure and blood oxygen levels remotely using digital blood pressure monitors and pulse oximeters, as well as allow for patients with diabetes glucose monitors to remind them to take their insulin.

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 30+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established healthcare companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of remote continuous monitoring devices.

Key players in remote continuous monitoring devices – 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 remote continuous monitoring devices

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Fresenius & Co 96 Unlock company profile
Becton Dickinson and Co 83 Unlock company profile
Baxter International 60 Unlock company profile
Tandem Diabetes Care 46 Unlock company profile
Getinge 44 Unlock company profile
F. Hoffmann-La Roche 32 Unlock company profile
Medtronic 28 Unlock company profile
Delos Living 28 Unlock company profile
DEKA Research and Development 26 Unlock company profile
Apple 25 Unlock company profile
Smiths Group 25 Unlock company profile
Beta Bionics 24 Unlock company profile
Loewenstein Medical Technology 20 Unlock company profile
B. Braun Melsungen 19 Unlock company profile
Koninklijke Philips 16 Unlock company profile
Bigfoot Biomedical 16 Unlock company profile
Samsung Group 12 Unlock company profile
Smileyscope 11 Unlock company profile
ICU Medical 10 Unlock company profile
Oncomfort 9 Unlock company profile
Loewenstein Medical Technology 9 Unlock company profile
Dentsu Group 9 Unlock company profile
Intel 9 Unlock company profile
Eyelab 9 Unlock company profile
Bayer 7 Unlock company profile
Akili 7 Unlock company profile
ResMed 7 Unlock company profile
Vyaire Medical 7 Unlock company profile
Spotify Technology 7 Unlock company profile
Terumo 7 Unlock company profile
Yamaha 7 Unlock company profile
Nikkiso 7 Unlock company profile
JUUL Labs 6 Unlock company profile
MapHabit 6 Unlock company profile
Panasonic 5 Unlock company profile
Raytheon Technologies 5 Unlock company profile
RoundGlass 5 Unlock company profile
Pfizer 5 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Fresenius is one of the leading patent filers in the field of Remote continuous monitoring devices. Some other key patent filers in the field include Becton Dickinson, Baxter International, and Tandem Diabetes Care.

In terms of application diversity, Eyelab leads the pack, followed by MapHabit and RoundGlass, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Apple held the top position, with Becton Dickinson and Oncomfort in second and third spots. 

Remote continuous monitoring (RPM) devices not only provide much better outcomes for the patients to monitor health conditions, but it also enables the doctor to keep an eye on the patient’s condition with greater precision, control, and flexibility. It also helps to reduce the number of hospitalisations and readmissions, and all of these improve life quality and contain costs.

To further understand how cybersecurity is disrupting the healthcare industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Cybersecurity in Healthcare.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.