Information Technology and Management is seeking submissions to a forthcoming Special Issue on Blockchain in Healthcare.
- Blockchain in HealthcareCloses October 30, 2021
Blockchains, digital ledgers of information that are nearly impervious to breaching, are set to revolutionize the way data in healthcare is handled. Blockchains are causing old systems to evolve, increasing efficiency while cutting down on costs across the healthcare industry. The adoption of the blockchain technology could save the healthcare industry up to $100-$150 billion per year by 2025 in data breach-related costs, IT costs, operations costs, support function costs and personnel costs, and through a reduction in frauds and counterfeit products.
Blockchain has received increasing attention from academia and industry in recent years. It enables transparent interactions of different parties in a more secure and trusted network. The traceability of blockchain allows data to be retained on the blockchain from every step of the data generation process, to endorse the quality of the data and to ensure the correctness of data analysis and mining. Sharing patient data between doctor’s offices can be a tricky process — especially if a patient needs to see multiple specialists or is involved with multiple private practices. Using the blockchain, a decentralized system, which is centered on the patient instead of the data holder, creates a shared database of patient data. There are dozens of systems that manage electronic health records (EHRs), all centralized per company. Blockchain technology presents numerous opportunities for health care; however, it is not fully mature today nor a panacea that can be immediately applied. Several technical, organizational, and behavioral economics challenges must be addressed before a health care blockchain can be adopted by organizations worldwide.
Blockchain is in fact more secure as it will be well evaluated and authenticated when compared to existing encryption mechanism. Given that blockchain is a public ledger that’s secure and immutable, it’s exactly what healthcare needs. Anyway the focus of this Special Issue is not the actual Blockchain algorithms and architectures [such as proof of work, hard and soft fork ] or to use actual crypto-platform such as Ethereum.
For example, we can store results from clinical trials, with only certain doctors having permission to edit, but any interested doctor able to see the information of the trial. This creates an easy way to share data across researchers. The information gained from a trial could be stored in the blockchain, eliminating the need to report elsewhere. Interested doctors can simply look up the information in the blockchain. The same thing applied to patient while he is traveling he can still access his information from anywhere with secure contract and share it with any new doctor he meets in a new hospital. This Special Issue focus on these setting and we feel this topic will appeal to all those researchers/academician who are working in Biomedical/chemical Industries, Patients, Doctors and all hospitals.
Topics of interest for the special issue include, but are not limited to the following:
- Blockchain healthcare Insurance Sector
- Blockchain Smart Contract for Patient
- Ledger Sustainability on Blockchain in healthcare
- Blockchain use cases in healthcare
- Smart Contract Patient-Doctor-Healthcare
- Blockchain in Clinical Trials access
- Blockchain based Drug Traceability Transaction
- Telemedicine Token access on Blockchain
- Decentralization of Patient Data on Blockchain
We expect full-length submissions with a sufficient level of rigor consistent with the high standard of the journal. The submission can use any appropriate method to analyze problems: analysis of data, mathematical analysis, game theories, etc. The authors should try to keep the papers to be no longer than 38 pages double-spaced in a font size of 11 and in Word or PDF format. Please follow the detailed submission guidelines provided at https://www.springer.com/journal/10799/submission-guidelines. When answering submission questions, you will specify that your submission is for this special issue.
First-round decision: December 15, 2021 Deadline for Revised Papers: January 15, 2022 Final Acceptance: February 28, 2022
Hoshang KolivandLiverpool John Moores University Liverpool, United Kingdom E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]
Yu KongRochester Institute of Technology, United States E-mail: [email protected] BagulaUniversity of the Western Cape, South AfricaE-mail: [email protected]
Peter KiesebergSt. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, AustriaE-mail: [email protected]
B. Balamurugan Galgotias University Greater Noida, IndiaE-mail: [email protected]
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