The medical devices industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by increased need for homecare, preventative treatments, early diagnosis, reducing patient recovery times and improving outcomes, as well as a growing importance in technologies, such as machine learning, augmented reality, 5G and digitalization. In the last three years alone, there have been over 450,000 patents filed and granted in the medical devices industry. , according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in Medical Devices: Therapy compliance monitoring systems.

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. 

150+ innovations will shape the medical devices industry 

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the medical devices industry using innovation intensity models built on over 550,000 patents, there are 150+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry. 

Within the emerging innovation stage, neurostimulation therapy, smart physiotherapy devices, and real-time IR thermographic imaging are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Precision radiotherapy, electric atomisers, and bio-active prosthesis coating are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are bioresorbable stent coating and cryogenic tissue treatment, which are now well established in the industry. 

Innovation S-curve for the medical devices industry 

Therapy compliance monitoring system is a key innovation area in the medical devices industry 

Therapy compliance monitoring systems are used to check a patient’s medication adherence as per the advice of healthcare providers. The systems help in tracking the patient’s adherence to diet restrictions, drug regimens, and modifications in their lifestyle. Artificial intelligence (AI)-based compliance monitoring systems allow doctors to accurately monitor treatment compliance while saving time for both physicians and patients. 

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 60+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established medical devices companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of therapy compliance monitoring systems. 

Key players in therapy compliance monitoring systems – a disruptive innovation in the medical devices 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 therapy compliance monitoring systems

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
DEKA Research and Development 137 Unlock company profile
Panasonic 106 Unlock company profile
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries 104 Unlock company profile
Mallinckrodt 89 Unlock company profile
Becton Dickinson and Co 85 Unlock company profile
Amgen 77 Unlock company profile
Baxter International 67 Unlock company profile
Nintendo 65 Unlock company profile
Samsung Group 42 Unlock company profile
Johnson & Johnson 35 Unlock company profile
E. Merck 34 Unlock company profile
MEPS Real-Time 33 Unlock company profile
Bayer 32 Unlock company profile
PHC Holdings 29 Unlock company profile
Apple 28 Unlock company profile
Oracle 23 Unlock company profile
Fresenius 22 Unlock company profile
UnitedHealth Group 22 Unlock company profile
Carepredict 17 Unlock company profile
AstraZeneca 16 Unlock company profile
Omron 16 Unlock company profile
Asahi Kasei 16 Unlock company profile
Zimmer Biomet Holdings 15 Unlock company profile
DAYA Medicals 15 Unlock company profile
Abbott Laboratories 14 Unlock company profile
eSight 14 Unlock company profile
Neosync 14 Unlock company profile
Intellectual Ventures Management 13 Unlock company profile
Delos Living 11 Unlock company profile
Align Technology 10 Unlock company profile
Fujifilm Holdings 9 Unlock company profile
Sunlighten 9 Unlock company profile
Smiths Group 9 Unlock company profile
Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China 9 Unlock company profile
Color Seven 8 Unlock company profile
Epic Systems 8 Unlock company profile
LG 8 Unlock company profile
CureApp 8 Unlock company profile
Sony Group 8 Unlock company profile
Omron Tateisi Electronics 8 Unlock company profile
Woo Young Medical 8 Unlock company profile
Merck & Co 8 Unlock company profile
Intel 8 Unlock company profile
CVS Health 7 Unlock company profile
Cota 7 Unlock company profile
Think Surgical 7 Unlock company profile
Lemon Healthcare 6 Unlock company profile
TeleTracking Technologies 6 Unlock company profile
Accenture 6 Unlock company profile
Siemens 6 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

DEKA Research and Development is one of the leading patent filers in therapy compliance monitoring systems. Some other leading patent filers include Panasonic, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Mallinckrodt, and Becton Dickinson. 

In terms of application diversity, Apple leads the pack, followed by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and DEKA Research and Development. By means of geographic reach, Mallinckrodt holds the top position, followed by Bayer and Fresenius in the second and third spots, respectively. 

AI will be a key driver in developing therapy compliance monitoring systems in the future. They are increasingly used to measure the compliance of treatment pathways, not only from a clinical point of view but also in making an economic assessment of new treatments. The application of AI or deep learning techniques in the systems will not only lead to improved clinical outcomes but will also enable health chiefs to deploy better health resources, especially through the period of increased budgetary constraints. 

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the medical devices industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Medical Devices


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.