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: Sleep pods.
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
Sleep pods is a key innovation area in healthcare
Sleep pods are specific sorts of structures or seats that allow fatigued personnel to slumber and replenish energy in the healthcare industry, owing to long, demanding working hours. Nap pods, napping pods, and nap capsules are other names for them. Users utilise the pods for private sleep breaks, which are frequently supported by technology and ambient factors.
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 sleep pods.
Key players in sleep pods – 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 sleep pods
|Company||Total patents (2010 - 2021)||Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies|
|Aliphcom||63||Unlock company profile|
|Koninklijke Philips||48||Unlock company profile|
|Delos Living||32||Unlock company profile|
|International Business Machines||17||Unlock company profile|
|LG||16||Unlock company profile|
|Beijing Electronics Holding||13||Unlock company profile|
|Sana Health||11||Unlock company profile|
|JK-Holding||9||Unlock company profile|
|Oncomfort||9||Unlock company profile|
|Apollo Neuroscience||9||Unlock company profile|
|Panasonic||9||Unlock company profile|
|Daikin Industries||8||Unlock company profile|
|Akili||8||Unlock company profile|
|MedRhythms||7||Unlock company profile|
|Samsung Group||7||Unlock company profile|
|Korrus||7||Unlock company profile|
|Fujifilm Holdings||6||Unlock company profile|
|Samvardhana Motherson International||6||Unlock company profile|
|Neuroenhancement Lab||6||Unlock company profile|
|Hi||5||Unlock company profile|
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Aliphcom is one of the leading patent filers in the field of Sleeping Pods. Some other key patent filers in the field include Koninklijke Philips, Delos Living and LG.
In terms of application diversity, JK leads the pack, followed by Aliphcom and Akili, respectively. By means of geographic reach, JK held the top position, while OnComfort and Akili are in second and third spots.
The scope of sleeping pods has been increased widely over past few years. The technology increases the deep sleep by 30-40% which leads to better sleep and overall health of users. The awareness of these pods among patients having trouble to get optimal amounts of deep sleep each night has increased. This technology not only improves the sleep activity but also increases daytime energy and heart rate variability, resulting in better learning and memory, recovery from exercise, immunity, metabolism and improved cardiovascular health.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the healthcare industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Healthcare.