The medical devices industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by increased need for homecare, preventative treatments, early diagnosis, reducing patient recovery times and improving outcomes, as well as a growing importance of technologies such as machine learning, augmented reality, 5G and digitalization. In the last three years alone, there have been over 710,000 patents filed and granted in the medical devices industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Cybersecurity in medical: biometrics secured EHR. Buy the report here.
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 155,000 patents to analyze innovation intensity for the medical devices industry, there are 30+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Biometrics secured EHR is a key innovation area in cybersecurity
Electronic health records using biometric logins allow only users and system administrators have access to sensitive patient data. Biometric encryption can help to ensure the authenticity, confidentiality, and integrity of data.
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 200 companies, spanning technology vendors, established medical devices companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of biometrics secured EHR.
Key players in biometrics secured EHR – a disruptive innovation in the medical devices industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to biometrics secured EHR
|Company||Total patents (2010 - 2022)||Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies|
|Microsoft Corp||113||Unlock Company Profile|
|DexCom Inc||99||Unlock Company Profile|
|Johnson & Johnson||67||Unlock Company Profile|
|F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd||61||Unlock Company Profile|
|Abbott Laboratories||49||Unlock Company Profile|
|Samsung Group||47||Unlock Company Profile|
|Omron Corp||44||Unlock Company Profile|
|Koninklijke Philips NV||43||Unlock Company Profile|
|Beta Bionics Inc||42||Unlock Company Profile|
|Alphabet Inc||37||Unlock Company Profile|
|Apple Inc||36||Unlock Company Profile|
|Qualcomm Inc||33||Unlock Company Profile|
|Sony Group Corp||33||Unlock Company Profile|
|Accenture Plc||29||Unlock Company Profile|
|International Business Machines Corp||24||Unlock Company Profile|
|Inspire Medical Systems Inc||23||Unlock Company Profile|
|Panasonic Holdings Corp||23||Unlock Company Profile|
|Oracle Corp||22||Unlock Company Profile|
|Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co KGaA||21||Unlock Company Profile|
|Becton Dickinson and Co||18||Unlock Company Profile|
|DEKA Research and Development Corp||18||Unlock Company Profile|
|Magic Leap Inc||17||Unlock Company Profile|
|Stryker Corp||17||Unlock Company Profile|
|NantWorks LLC||15||Unlock Company Profile|
|NEC Corp||15||Unlock Company Profile|
|Medtronic Plc||15||Unlock Company Profile|
|LG Corp||14||Unlock Company Profile|
|Baxter International Inc||14||Unlock Company Profile|
|i-Lumen Scientific Inc||13||Unlock Company Profile|
|Nant Holdings Ip, LLC||13||Unlock Company Profile|
|Therap Services LLC||13||Unlock Company Profile|
|Francisco Partners Management LLC||13||Unlock Company Profile|
|DNAnudge Ltd||13||Unlock Company Profile|
|Furukawa Co Ltd||11||Unlock Company Profile|
|ICU Medical Inc||11||Unlock Company Profile|
|Huawei Investment & Holding Co Ltd||10||Unlock Company Profile|
|Jamf Holding Corp||10||Unlock Company Profile|
|Novartis AG||10||Unlock Company Profile|
|Ricoh Co Ltd||10||Unlock Company Profile|
|Biotronik SE & Co KG||10||Unlock Company Profile|
|Modernizing Medicine Inc||9||Unlock Company Profile|
|Fujifilm Holdings Corp||9||Unlock Company Profile|
|CompuGroup Medical SE & Co KGaA||9||Unlock Company Profile|
|Boston Scientific Corp||8||Unlock Company Profile|
|Omron Tateisi Electronics Co||8||Unlock Company Profile|
|Lemon Healthcare Co Ltd||8||Unlock Company Profile|
|Canon Inc||8||Unlock Company Profile|
|FirstEnergy Corp||8||Unlock Company Profile|
|Konica Minolta Inc||8||Unlock Company Profile|
|PixArt Imaging Inc.||8||Unlock Company Profile|
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Microsoft is the leading patent filer in the field of biometrics secured EHR. Some other key patent filers in the field include DexCom, Johnson & Johnson, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, and Abbott Laboratories.
In terms of application diversity, PixArt Imaging leads the pack, followed by Qualcomm and Alphabet. By geographic reach, Beta Bionics holds the top position, followed by Apple and Microsoft in second and third spots, respectively.
EHR stores sensitive patient data and hence there is an increasing need to create secure access to the data. Advances in technology, decreasing costs, and integration of artificial intelligence into EHR will further increase the adoption of biometrics in healthcare. The future focus, however, should be on addressing challenges such as privacy, cost and interoperability.
To further understand how cybersecurity is disrupting the medical devices industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Medical Devices.