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, as well as 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 Internet of Things in Healthcare: Chiropractic treatment devices.

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, smart helmets, body temperature sensors, and software as a medical device (SaMD) are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Smart balloon catheters, point-of-care molecular diagnostics, and automated immunoassay analysers are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are smart contact lenses and GPS integrated fitness monitors, which are now well established in the industry. 

Innovation S-curve for Internet of Things in the healthcare industry

Chiropractic treatment devices is a key innovation area in Internet of Things

Chiropractic treatment devices are used by chiropractors for assorted pains and afflictions. Chiropractor tools include imaging equipment such as diagnostic thermal imaging, alignment blocks, electrodermal screening devices, and physical therapy equipment.

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 chiropractic treatment devices.

Key players in chiropractic treatment 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 chiropractic treatment devices

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Toyota Motor 87 Unlock company profile
Samsung Group 64 Unlock company profile
Teijin 31 Unlock company profile
Ekso Bionics Holdings 24 Unlock company profile
Ceragem 22 Unlock company profile
Chordate Medical Holding 19 Unlock company profile
Roam Robotics 17 Unlock company profile
Reactive Robotics 17 Unlock company profile
Motorika 17 Unlock company profile
ROM Technologies 15 Unlock company profile
Gorbel 14 Unlock company profile
Cyberdyne 14 Unlock company profile
Family Inada 14 Unlock company profile
Murata Machinery 13 Unlock company profile
Neofect 12 Unlock company profile
Diabetic Boot Company 11 Unlock company profile
NEC 10 Unlock company profile
EW Healthcare Partners 10 Unlock company profile
Vibrant 9 Unlock company profile
Apollo Neuroscience 9 Unlock company profile
MTG 9 Unlock company profile
Nihon Kohden 9 Unlock company profile
Suncall 8 Unlock company profile
Panasonic 8 Unlock company profile
ExoAtlet Global 8 Unlock company profile
OPUM Technologies 7 Unlock company profile
JTEKT 7 Unlock company profile
3M 7 Unlock company profile
Franka Emika 6 Unlock company profile
LG 6 Unlock company profile
Xiaomi 6 Unlock company profile
BioServo Technologies 5 Unlock company profile
Lambda Health System 5 Unlock company profile
Baxter International 5 Unlock company profile
Koninklijke Philips 5 Unlock company profile
Trexo Robotics 5 Unlock company profile
Hiwin Technologies 5 Unlock company profile
Sichuan Xukang Medical Electrical Equipment 5 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Toyota Motor is the leading patent filer in the chiropractic treatment device market. Some other leading patent filers include Samsung Group and Teijin.

In terms of application diversity, Koninklijke Philips leads the pack, followed by Cyberdyne and ROM Technologies. By means of geographic reach, Ceragem held the top position, followed by Gorbel and EW Healthcare Partners in second and third spots, respectively.

New technologies have been developed in chiropractic care to improve patient care and safety. The tools such as Ultralign realign joints and nerves, utilising software and adjusting tools. Special chiropractic equipment scans a person's complete nervous system, which is used to build a customized plan for each patient.

To further understand how Internet of Things is disrupting the healthcare industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Internet of Things in 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.