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 Innovation in Healthcare: Intelligent motor rehabilitation systems.

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, specimen collection devices, ultrasound imaging system, and automated laboratory systems are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Biological sampling devices, endoscopic ultrasound tomography, and NMR imaging systems are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are doppler ultrasound imaging and CT-guided surgery, which are now well established in the industry. 

Innovation S-curve for the healthcare industry

Intelligent motor rehabilitation systems is a key innovation area in healthcare

Intelligent rehabilitation systems analyse function and rehabilitation training precisely. In terms of informatisation, standardisation, and intelligence, these strategies can improve the development of motor function rehabilitation.

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 intelligent motor rehabilitation systems.

Key players in intelligent motor rehabilitation systems – 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 intelligent motor rehabilitation systems

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Toyota Motor 89 Unlock company profile
Family Inada 45 Unlock company profile
Samsung Group 32 Unlock company profile
Teijin 31 Unlock company profile
Ceragem 24 Unlock company profile
ROM Technologies 19 Unlock company profile
Chordate Medical Holding 19 Unlock company profile
Motorika 19 Unlock company profile
Roam Robotics 17 Unlock company profile
Gorbel 14 Unlock company profile
Baxter International 14 Unlock company profile
Murata Machinery 13 Unlock company profile
EMPI 11 Unlock company profile
NEC 10 Unlock company profile
EW Healthcare Partners 10 Unlock company profile
Copa Animal Health 10 Unlock company profile
Radial Medical 10 Unlock company profile
Apollo Neuroscience 9 Unlock company profile
System Instruments 9 Unlock company profile
LG 8 Unlock company profile
Cyberdyne 8 Unlock company profile
Lymphatech 8 Unlock company profile
Panasonic 7 Unlock company profile
Enovis 7 Unlock company profile
3M 7 Unlock company profile
Seiko Epson 7 Unlock company profile
Biomedical Devices 6 Unlock company profile
iOBED 6 Unlock company profile
Exosystems 6 Unlock company profile
Lambda Health System 5 Unlock company profile
Xiaomi 5 Unlock company profile
Neofect 5 Unlock company profile
Koninklijke Philips 5 Unlock company profile
Sommetrics 5 Unlock company profile
mediVR 5 Unlock company profile
Sichuan Xukang Medical Electrical Equipment 5 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Toyota Motor is one of the leading patent filers in the field of intelligent motor rehabilitation systems. Some other key patent filers in the field of intelligent motor rehabilitation systems include Family Inada, Samsung Group, Teijin and Ceragem.

In terms of application diversity, System Instruments leads the pack, followed by mediVR and Biomedical Devices, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Gorbel held the top position, followed by EMPI and EW Heathcare Partners in second and third spots, respectively.

Intelligent motor rehabilitation system blends virtual reality experience and machine intelligence expertise to improve brain restructuring, which enhances physical rehabilitation outcomes in people with disabilities.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the healthcare industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Healthcare.


GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

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.