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 Wearable Tech in Healthcare: Wearable physiological sensors. Buy the report here.

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.

Wearable physiological sensors is a key innovation area in wearable tech

Wearable psychological sensors are medical devices that use semiconductor technology to continuously, instantly, and painlessly measure human physiological parameters. These sensors incorporate numerous developments in electrocardiogram (ECG), electromyogram (EMG), electrocardiogram (EEG)-based neural sensing platforms, microelectromechanical (MEMS), biological, and chemical sensing. Due to their low cost, simplicity, and portability, biological and chemical sensors are increasingly seen as promising alternatives to expensive analytical instruments in the healthcare sector.

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 50+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established healthcare companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of wearable physiological sensors.

Key players in wearable physiological sensors – 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 wearable physiological sensors

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Asahi Kasei 242 Unlock company profile
Baxter International 79 Unlock company profile
Stryker 67 Unlock company profile
Koninklijke Philips 50 Unlock company profile
Toyota Motor 43 Unlock company profile
Samsung Group 41 Unlock company profile
Ceragem 26 Unlock company profile
GyroGear 19 Unlock company profile
Chordate Medical Holding 19 Unlock company profile
Family Inada 19 Unlock company profile
Panasonic 18 Unlock company profile
Dr. Oestreich + Partner 18 Unlock company profile
Diabetic Boot Company 11 Unlock company profile
CellAegis Devices 11 Unlock company profile
Roam Robotics 10 Unlock company profile
Apollo Neuroscience 10 Unlock company profile
EW Healthcare Partners 10 Unlock company profile
Ekso Bionics Holdings 10 Unlock company profile
Radial Medical 10 Unlock company profile
Mddt 10 Unlock company profile
Motorika 10 Unlock company profile
Equinox Ophthalmic 9 Unlock company profile
MTG 9 Unlock company profile
Copa Animal Health 9 Unlock company profile
Sunlighten 9 Unlock company profile
Ziv Healthcare 9 Unlock company profile
LG 9 Unlock company profile
2breaTechnologies 9 Unlock company profile
Weinmann Emergency Medical Technology 8 Unlock company profile
Lungpacer Medical 8 Unlock company profile
Biomobie 8 Unlock company profile
ExoAtlet Global 8 Unlock company profile
Invention Science Fund II 8 Unlock company profile
Mortara Instrument 8 Unlock company profile
Reactive Robotics 8 Unlock company profile
OPUM Technologies 7 Unlock company profile
JTEKT 7 Unlock company profile
Ventrk 7 Unlock company profile
Nocira 7 Unlock company profile
Nihon Kohden 7 Unlock company profile
3M 7 Unlock company profile
NEC 6 Unlock company profile
Sparq Laboratories 6 Unlock company profile
Kyocera 6 Unlock company profile
Embr Labs 6 Unlock company profile
Cogniguard Medical Holdings 6 Unlock company profile
Suncall 6 Unlock company profile
Apax Partners LLP 6 Unlock company profile
Otto Bock Holding 6 Unlock company profile
BioServo Technologies 5 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

CellAegis Devices is one of the leading patent filers in the field of wearable physiological sensors. Some other key patent filers in the field include Baxter International and Stryker.

In terms of application diversity, 2breathe Technologies leads the pack, followed by Kyocera and Cogniguard Medical. By means of geographic reach, GyroGear holds the top position, followed by EW Healthcare Partners and Ceragem in second and third spots, respectively.

These wearable technology models with artificial intelligence assistance will be crucial for managing and forecasting patient health variations as well as for improvements in battery life. Energy harvesting, a technique for transforming body heat, movement, or solar energy into raw power, could be incorporated into these devices in the future. A few of the desired qualities of new wearable healthcare device design ideas include stretchability, ultra-thinness, biocompatibility, biodegradability, and self-healing. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic had a big impact on how wearable technology was created. The healthcare industry is developing customised heterogeneous devices such as psychological wearables through the Internet of Things and more advanced smart algorithms and also promises to flatten the cost curve for healthcare in the near future.

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.