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 Personal Health Data in Healthcare: Blood glucose monitoring systems.

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.

Blood glucose monitoring systems is a key innovation area in personal health data

Blood glucose monitoring systems determine the glucose levels in the blood. It requires a small amount of blood sample which is taken by pricking the fingertip and placing it on a chemically active disposable ‘test-strip’. The development in the field is extended with continuous glucose monitoring systems.

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 20+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established healthcare companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of blood glucose monitoring systems.

Key players in blood glucose monitoring 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 blood glucose monitoring systems

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Medtronic 132 Unlock company profile
DexCom 97 Unlock company profile
F. Hoffmann-La Roche 95 Unlock company profile
Bigfoot Biomedical 61 Unlock company profile
Fresenius & Co 48 Unlock company profile
Aseko 41 Unlock company profile
Abbott Laboratories 40 Unlock company profile
Beta Bionics 37 Unlock company profile
DEKA Research and Development 33 Unlock company profile
Becton Dickinson and Co 28 Unlock company profile
Masimo 24 Unlock company profile
Diabetes Tools Sweden 24 Unlock company profile
Sanofi 18 Unlock company profile
Qualcomm 14 Unlock company profile
Oracle 13 Unlock company profile
Novo Nordisk Foundation 12 Unlock company profile
Apollo Neuroscience 9 Unlock company profile
CEA 9 Unlock company profile
Johnson & Johnson 9 Unlock company profile
Insulet 8 Unlock company profile
PHC Holdings 8 Unlock company profile
DreaMed Diabetes 8 Unlock company profile
CareFusion 207 7 Unlock company profile
Asahi Kasei 7 Unlock company profile
Clalit Health Services 5 Unlock company profile
Erech Finance Cahalacha 5 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Medtronic is the leading patent filer in the blood glucose monitoring systems. Some other leading patent filers include DexCom and F.Hoffmann-La Roche.

In terms of application diversity, Masimo leads the pack, followed by DexCom and Abbott Laboratories. By means of geographic reach, Sanofi held the top position, followed by CareFusion 207 and Becton Dickinson in second and third spots, respectively.

Blood glucose monitoring is essential for diabetic patients. Blood glucose monitoring systems have already reached an advanced state in terms of accuracy, cost-effectiveness and convenience. The companies are now focused on improving the interface and mobile device compatibility. Further research is being conducted on biosensing technologies which use biological fluids to be calibrated and used to evaluate correct blood glucose concentrations.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the healthcare industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Personal health data - 2021.


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.