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 Robotics in Healthcare: Holographic display surgical robots. Buy the report here.

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, microfluidic devices, static computer-aided implant surgery (s-CAIS), and digital pathology guided robotic surgery are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Interactive exercise system, computer-aided dental prostheses, and automated genetic screening are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas is the automated drug dispensing systems, which is now well established in the industry. 

Innovation S-curve for robotics in the healthcare industry

Holographic display surgical robots is a key innovation area in robotics

Holographic display surgical robots are employed for preoperative planning as well as in the operating room. The technology offers physicians sterile access to 3D holograms and computer-based solutions that are relevant to patient imaging or surgical technique in real-time throughout the surgery. By being able to understand the patient’s internal makeup before the surgery, physicians can practice their techniques to maximize treatment success.

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 70+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established healthcare companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of holographic display surgical robots.

Key players in holographic display surgical robots – 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 holographic display surgical robots

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Johnson & Johnson 594 Unlock company profile
Heartflow 411 Unlock company profile
Koninklijke Philips 306 Unlock company profile
Smith & Nephew 176 Unlock company profile
Medtronic 174 Unlock company profile
Stryker 165 Unlock company profile
Synaptive Medical 144 Unlock company profile
Abbott Laboratories 120 Unlock company profile
Intuitive Surgical 120 Unlock company profile
Siemens 80 Unlock company profile
Kardium 65 Unlock company profile
Becton Dickinson and Co 46 Unlock company profile
Olympus 45 Unlock company profile
Vektor Medical 42 Unlock company profile
EBM 42 Unlock company profile
Zimmer Biomet Holdings 39 Unlock company profile
Accuray 33 Unlock company profile
BrainLAB 30 Unlock company profile
Singapore Health Services 29 Unlock company profile
Asensus Surgical 28 Unlock company profile
CathWorks 23 Unlock company profile
Samsung Group 23 Unlock company profile
International Business Machines 20 Unlock company profile
Dentsply Sirona 19 Unlock company profile
JointVue 19 Unlock company profile
Fujifilm Holdings 19 Unlock company profile
Sony Group 18 Unlock company profile
Accenture 16 Unlock company profile
Thermo Fisher Scientific 15 Unlock company profile
Acutus Medical 15 Unlock company profile
Avanos Medical 14 Unlock company profile
General Electric 14 Unlock company profile
Monteris Medical 14 Unlock company profile
CIRCA Scientific 13 Unlock company profile
Aris MD 13 Unlock company profile
Globus Medical 11 Unlock company profile
Theator 11 Unlock company profile
Canon 11 Unlock company profile
Align Technology 10 Unlock company profile
Nexstim 10 Unlock company profile
Waters 10 Unlock company profile
Tata Sons 10 Unlock company profile
XACT Robotics 10 Unlock company profile
Cleveland Clinic Foundation 10 Unlock company profile
Massachusetts General Hospital 10 Unlock company profile
Elbit Imaging 10 Unlock company profile
Intellijoint Surgical 10 Unlock company profile
Spine Align 9 Unlock company profile
FEops 9 Unlock company profile
Wenzel Spine 8 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Johnson & Johnson is one of the leading patent filers in the field of holographic display surgical robots. Some other key patent filers in the field include Heartflow, Koninklijke Philips, Smith & Nephew, Medtronic, and Stryker.

In terms of application diversity, International Business Machines (IBM) leads the pack, followed by Heartflow and Olympus, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Aris MD held the top position, followed by Spine Align and Avanos Medical in the second and third spots, respectively.

The new technology has the potential to revolutionise medical practice with breakthroughs in diagnosis and therapy. It enables more precise and dexterous treatments.

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