Blockchain Based Sustainable, Secure Healthcare Systems

  in Special Issue   Posted on September 28, 2020

Information for the Special Issue

Submission Deadline: Wed 20 Jan 2021
Journal Impact Factor : 3.111
Journal Name : Computer Networks
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Special Issue Call for Papers:

Healthcare is a data-intensive clinical domain where a huge amount of data is generated, accessed, and disseminated on a regular basis. Existing approaches in healthcare systems such as tracking and tracing are regularly exposing the system’s limitations in managing the security and privacy of the patients’ data. The majority of the work in healthcare systems involves exchanging or using potentially personal and confidential data. A key problem is the creation of approaches that maintain the utility of health data while preserving privacy and conforming to high ethical standards. This will be vital to fostering large-scale uptake, particularly as health data collection is likely to continue beyond this current ongoing pandemic. Therefore, the research community is investigating secure, privacy-preserving, and sustainable healthcare systems, through the use of emerging technology such as blockchain.

Blockchain technology has emerged as a key technology in the digital revolution of many verticals such as supply chains, automobile industry, and healthcare. It is ready to transform the way traditional medical systems and businesses have engaged in the healthcare sector for the last several decades. Blockchain applications for healthcare data management create utilities for patient, doctors and healthcare institutes for management of patient records, claims and payments management, medical IoT security and data verification and exchange for financial auditing with transparency. This also enables healthcare institutions to restrict the unauthorized person to access sensitive information and to maintain immutable audit trails of access and modification to patient data. The purpose of this special issue is to explore blockchain to improve processes, services and applications in healthcare, health sciences and health education.

The proposed special issue is expected to bring together a number of quality submissions in blockchain-based healthcare systems. The main topics of this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Communication Protocols for Patient-Centric Data Sharing
  • Blockchain in IoT-supported Health Insurance
  • Secure and Trustworthy Clinical Data Sharing
  • Traceability in sensor-enabled pharmaceutical supply chains
  • Smart Contracts for Coordination of Decentralised Clinical Trials
  • Health Information Exchange and Interoperability
  • Scalable Blockchains for large scale Clinical Information Sharing
  • Privacy-preserving patient data lineage
  • Secure and Sustainable Tracing and Tracking with Blockchain
  • Blockchain-Based Sustainable and Secure Identification
  • Decentralising AI with Blockchain for Healthcare
  • Decentralized management of healthcare IoT devices
  • Decentralized Secure and Sustainable Architectures

Submission Guidelines:

Submitted papers should present original, unpublished work, relevant to one of the topics of the Special Issue. All submitted papers will be evaluated on the basis of relevance, significance of contribution, technical quality, and quality of presentation. Manuscripts need to prepared according to Guide for Authors at according to the Guide for Authors as published in the Computer Networks Journal at We invite the prospective authors to submit their manuscript, via the online submission system in the main journal page and select “VSI: Blockchain Health 20-21” as the Article Type. Please make sure you mention in your cover letter that you are submitting to this special issue.

Important Dates:

Deadline first submission – January 20, 2021
Completion first review round – May 20, 2021
Deadline revised manuscripts – July 20, 2021
Completion of the review and revision process – September 1, 2021

Lead Guest Editor:

· Raja Jurdak, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Guest Editors:

· Juan M. Corchado, University of Salamanca, Spain

· Jong Hyuk (James) Park, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, South Korea

· Chintan Bhatt, Charotar University of Science and Technology, India

· Kapal Dev, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

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