Blockchain in Healthcare Today is the 1st peer reviewed, scholarly journal on blockchain technology for healthcare that builds trust through truth. It is the newest title in the forward reaching Partners in Digital Health portfolio, creating an egalitarian “Community of Masters,” marking a renaissance in healthcare.


BHTY Welcomes Debbie Bucci to Peer Review Board


BHTY Welcomes Debbie Bucci to Peer Review Board

Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY), is pleased to welcome Debbie Bucci, lead IT Architect in the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Ms. Bucci's primary focus is on the privacy and security aspects of Health Information Exchange.

Previously, Ms. Bucci served as the principal program manager for both the NIH Federated Identity Service and the enterprise Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) efforts. In 2008, along with her colleagues, she received the 2008 NIH Director's Award in recognition of her work with NIH Federated Authentication, 2008 InformationWeek 500 top 20 Innovators awards, and the 2011 Kantara IDDY (Identity Deployment of the Year) Award for NIH Itrust.

Please join us in welcoming Debbie Bucci to the team!

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Deadline for Submissions to Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY)


The deadline for original manuscript submissions to the Premier Issue of BHTY  is December 15, 2017.

The deadline for “Perspective” articles is December 29, 2017 (see article types at:



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BHTY looks forward to receiving manuscript submissions. Please note, scholarly publications are meant to serve as permanent and transparent forums to present, scrutinize & discuss research in a fair, trusted, unbiased, and objective environment. BHTY is an open source community platform. The journal is intended to reflect a global community effort to ultimately transform and dramatically increase the quality of healthcare and healthcare systems around the globe.

BHTY is committed to building trust through truth. Your contributions are paramount to achieve this goal.

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Tory Cenaj

Founder and Publisher

BHTY Welcomes Tom Savel, MD


BHTY is pleased to welcome  Tom Savel, MD, to its peer review board. Dr. Savel is the Director of the Informatics Innovation Unit in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In this role, Dr. Savel collaborates with CDC staff and the broader public health community to develop, test, and evaluate innovative tools and technologies with the potential to improve public health practice.

Dr. Savel received his medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and his undergraduate degree in psychology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He received training in General Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center- Houston, and Family Medicine at the St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, Texas.  He is a graduate of CDC’s Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program.

Dr. Savel is an adjunct professor in the Applied Public Health Office at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and, on his own time, maintains his clinical skills in addiction medicine, treating patients with opioid addiction. He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Dr. Savel.

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BHTY Article Types and Word Counts...


Manuscripts of interest will present or establish advances in this new health sector utilizing evidence-based outcomes from deployment of blockchain technologies in healthcare.

Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY) Article Types

Research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-model original research approaches that focus on blockchain technology and must contain a hypothesis, introduction, methods, results, interpretation of findings, and a discussion of possible implications.  Randomized, controlled trials, case series, cohort studies, pilot studies, and meta-analysis are also examples of original research that BHTY accepts for this category. As applicable, financial, and quality of care implications should also be explored. Maximum word count is 4000.

Methodology: Detailed outlines of mature, but unexecuted research protocols, current methodological approaches, grant proposals, and preliminary reports. Articles must contain background, objectives, methods, and discussion.  Maximum word count is 2000.

Proof of Concept: Demonstrations of blockchain technology feasibility to verify real world application, potential value and learnings. Examples such as interoperability, API, and system integration and deployment may be topics. Use cases may also be submitted under this category. As possible, BHTY asks the author(s) to include examination of the financial impact the product or service may have on the marketplace. Maximum word count is 2800.

Review: Narrative and systematic review articles provide an overview of existing literature focused on blockchain, distributed ledgers, and distributed systems. Example focal points include trust, identity, privacy, safety and security implications in healthcare and potential for blockchain to address these areas for devices, software, distribution channels, etc. The goal of this article type is to identify specific problems or issues and analyze information from available published work on the topic with a balanced perspective. Note: meta-analyses should be submitted as original research. Maximum word count for review articles is 4000.

Primers: Since the blockchain technology sector is relatively new, we recognize Primers can be an important source of basic information to help educate the marketplace, including device manufacturers, software providers, patients and providers, healthcare administrators and provide a launch point for understanding the complexities in related areas BHTY elucidates in more depth. Maximum word count is 2000.

Technological Report: These reports focus on blockchain technological innovations in healthcare. Priority is given to papers on the technical underpinnings of an initiative presented in a manner that informs influencers in making decisions in this space. For example, relevant pragmatic work on change management, human factors, and design thinking that accompany innovation should include actual implementation experience whenever available. Reports of metrics to measure these components is highly recommended. Maximum word count is 2000.

Perspective: These articles represent an expert opinion or considered point of view on the field of blockchain technology in healthcare, alerts of potential problems, observations, comments, controversies and opinions. It can contain a single concept or several related concepts. Maximum word count is 1000.

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We look forward to your contribution to moving the needle of the sector and thank you for your role in this Renaissance in Healthcare!

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Call for Manuscripts - Premier Issue of Blockchain in Healthcare Today, January 2018


Blockchain in Healthcare Today™, an open access online peer review journal, invites original manuscript submissions for review and publication. Blockchain in Healthcare Today™, provides an objective evaluation of sustainably integrated, proven, and scientifically validated blockchain deployments within the healthcare system. The online journal offers rapid, peer-reviewed (5-7 days) publication of research, commentary, and proof of concept for blockchain technology and related areas that catalyze a new era in healthcare and demonstrate bottom line cost efficiencies that advance value-based healthcare across the care continuum for the 21st century and future healthcare challenges.  

Emphasis focuses on local and global innovations that foster ecosystem efficiencies which include:

Public Health |  Identity Management  |  Data aggregation |  Data Linkage and Interoperability  |  Payment Models, Scalability and Adoption  |  Clinical Study Protocols  |  HIE  |  HER  |  Health Insurance, Smart Contracts and Claims Processing  |  Liability and Indemnification  |  Risks of Blockchain Use in Healthcare  |  Machine Learning  |  Artificial Intelligence | EMR and PHR | HIE |  HL7  |  Precision Medicine  |  Drug Supply Chain Management  |  Clinical Trials Management

Call for Manuscripts
Manuscripts of interest will  present or establish advances in this new health sector utilizing evidence-based outcomes in the following categories:

  • Proof of Concept
  • Use Cases/Pilots/Methodologies
  • Production/Deployment
  • Narrative/Systematic Reviews/Meta-Analysis
  • API
  • Healthcare Research
  • Opinion/Perspective/Point of View

Submission Information
Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting a manuscript or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step submission process.  

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Blockchain in Healthcare Today™, audience will include 10,000 executives, researchers and innovators in healthcare and academia including hospitals, payers, informatics, biopharma, public health, population health, government, healthcare insurance, CROs, and not for profit organizations, with an interest in the latest knowledge on blockchain technology, implementation, and advances on the horizon in the healthcare specialty.

Open Access
Blockchain in Healthcare Today™, applies the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license to works published.

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BHTY Welcomes Jim Nasr, Chief Software Architect, CDC, to Editorial Board of Stewards


Jim Nasr is the Chief Software Architect at the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services, CDC. Jim leads a number of initiatives around modernization of CDC’s public health systems, with core focus on building forward-looking and interoperable software based on Microservices, modern DevOps, blockchain and open technology frameworks. Jim’s work is leading the CDC towards the vision of providing secure data services to its programs, partners and the public.

Prior to joining the CDC, Jim was the CEO and co-founder of Armedia, a technology firm focused on building enterprise solutions for managing unstructured data. Jim has more than twenty years of experience in the technology industry, with over a decade as an entrepreneur profitably growing Armedia from inception to over 100 employees, and a 5-time Inc. 5000 awardee. Prior to co-founding Armedia, Jim worked as a Senior Technology Architect at Sapient Corp and IBM. Jim has co-authored several technology books and spoken at numerous industry events and conferences.

Jim is the Chair of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Connected Content Society, a mentor for the machine learning accelerator Cyberlaunch, and on advisory for a number of startups and technology firms. He has an MBA from the University of Connecticut, a BS in Computer Science and Statistics from Coventry University and resides in Atlanta, GA.

Please join us in welcoming Jim to BHTY.

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BHTY Welcomes Kevin A. Clauson, Pharm.D., to Editorial Board of Stewards


Dr. Clauson is an associate professor at the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in Nashville, TN, USA and adjunct associate professor at the College of Osteopathic Medicine – Biomedical Informatics Program at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Clauson previously served as founding director of the first World Health Organization Collaborating Center to prioritize mobile health (mHealth) initiatives in its work plan.

Recently, he helped lead the initiative for Lipscomb University to become the first academic organization to join Hashed Health’s consortium. His previous blockchain efforts include roles at Stanford Blockchain Disrupt, White House Precision Medicine Initiative workshop, and IEEE Blockchain Clinical Trials.

Dr. Clauson’s research appears in peer-reviewed journals, books, and other media and has generated coverage by the New York Times,, and BBC Radio. Dr. Clauson received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee – Memphis and completed a Research Fellowship at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Clauson to the board!

Message from the Publisher on Non-Index Status


To publish, not to publish, and where to publish a research paper are conversations authors have early on for a many reasons.

Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY), is a new peer-review journal available for authors to add to their list of “where” to publish. There are a few items to note when you consider BHTY:

  1. Editorial Mission of Publication: BHTY endeavors to share, educate and build consensus for blockchain technology implementation, deployments, and outcomes specifically within the healthcare sector. This includes positive and negative results. One of our journal pillars is to honor success and failure in research. We believe it is the duty of scholarly publications to publish both. Failure takes courage to share, and we hold this in esteem. For example, our sister publication, Telehealth and Medicine Today, published an article about a $46M failed telehealth startup. The article was bestowed the Publisher’s Award for Best Article of 2016. It is important to understand the whys and hows of failures as well as successes, and pay it forward. In this way, we avoid errors, loss of valuable time, and move the needle of the market more rapidly. Kudos Rajeev Mudumba!
  1. Turn-around Time: BHTY is committed to providing fast turnaround for peer review. Our aim is 5 to 7 business days. Publication occurs immediately thereafter upon fulfillment of requirements.
  1. Caliber of Board Members and Peer Reviewers: The team is a cross section of world-renowned experts bringing depth and breadth of knowledge and curiosity to a collegiate and egalitarian platform. Join the network and help build the community.
  1. Scholarly Practices: We adhere to ICMJE, COPE, and WAME guidelines and practices. BHTY is published on the PKP Open Journal Systems (OJS), platform. We have partnered with TrendMD. We use LOCKSS preservation, the PKP|PS Indexing service, and will apply to CrossRef and await our Portico plugin. Our end is covered.
  1. Portfolio: We are a far-reaching new era portfolio. Blockchain is the new Renaissance for Healthcare. We are committed to sharing knowledge, provoking stimulating thoughts and conversations to build consensus, a clearer path forward in areas that pioneer innovation and change legacy systems, and assist in achieving better health, quality of care, and a more efficient healthcare system. If you share these values, throw your support behind us. It takes a village, and everyone brings something to the table. Opportunities present once—this one is yours to seize now…!
  1. Indexing: As a new journal, we don’t have an Impact Factor. Without your submissions, we don’t obtain an Impact Factor. Conundrum, yes? The quicker we publish 6 to 24 research articles, the quicker we get indexed, and accepted to an endless array of organizations and societies, which will benefit authors. As soon as our applications are accepted to DOAJ, MEDLINE, PubMed, etc. indexing your article will occur retroactively. Considering it takes months to publish a paper in some journals—in that time, BHTY can have an Index Factor—but it doesn’t happen without your manuscript submission!

BHTY has been conceived as a serious scholarly publication to benefit the healthcare sector and the initiatives, pilots, deployments, and outcomes many of you are focused on. Its scope, quality, originality of content sought, and significance of this content, will qualify BHTY for inclusion in scholarly databases. In the meantime, we seek inclusion on content aggregators and online directories such as Google Scholar. We welcome your suggestions, and look forward to working together to achieve the goals both author and publisher need to meet


We thank you.

Tory Cenaj, Founder and Publisher, Blockchain in Healthcare Today

Douglas Shinsato, Editor-in-Chief, Technology and Innovation

Editorial Stewards

Gil Alterovitz, PhD, Faculty, Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mate Beštek, BSc, PhD, National Institute of Public Health, Center for Healthcare Informatics, Republic of Slovenia; Faculty, Computer and Information Dept., University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Kevin A. Clauson, Pharm.D., Associate Professor, Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Florence D. Hudson, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Internet2

George Kolostoumpis, BSc, PhD, External Scientific Expert, ECDC; Technical Expert, EUREKA

Susan R. Ramonat, CEO , Spiritus Partners

Peer Reviewer

Sean T. Manion, PhD, Senior Researcher, American College of Military Public Health; Former Research Activities Chief, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

Florence Hudson, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Internet2 Joins BHTY Editorial Board


Florence Hudson, is Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, at Internet2, a not for profit consortium of 500 research and education organizations in academia, industry and government leveraging a high speed network and trust & identity solutions to accelerate scientific discovery and develop innovations around the Internet. She works with the Research & Education community in the identification and development of new innovations in areas such as the Internet of Things, End-to-End Trust & Security, Distributed Big Data & Analytics, and Smart Campuses & Communities.

Ms. Hudson has presented in 20 countries and is a TEDx speaker. Since joining Internet2 in 2015, she has presented at over 50 university, regional network, National Science Foundation (NSF), and global events, on the Internet of Things, communications technology trends for research and education, connected healthcare, big data, cybersecurity, diversity and inclusion.

She participated in the Cancer Moonshot Summit hosted by United States Vice President Joe Biden in 2016, and presented in the Academic Medical Centers (AMC) Security & Privacy Conference Series in 2015 on Security and Privacy Strategies for Expanded Communities, as well as Biomedical Device Security Challenges and Opportunities.

Prior to Internet2, Ms. Hudson was executive Director and Vice President at IBM. Prior roles include work at Hewlett Packard, NASA, and Grumman Aerospace Corporation. As an aerospace engineer, she worked on missions around Jupiter, solar power satellites, and the space shuttle program. She serves on multiple engineering, technology and cybersecurity advisory councils at Princeton University, and was board member of the Society of Women Engineers.

Ms. Hudson a graduate of Princeton University with a BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and attended executive education at Harvard Business School and Columbia University.

Please join us in welcoming Florence to BHTY.

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BHTY Welcomes Dr. Mate Beštek, National Institute of Public Health, Republic of Slovenia, to Board of Stewards


BHTY Welcomes Mate Beštek, National Institute of Public Health, Republic of Slovenia, to Board of Stewards   Mate Beštek holds a leadership role at the National Institute of Public Health, Center for Healthcare Informatics, Republic of Slovenia.  His activities include the strategy, design, development, governance and analysis of eHealth databases and services on the national level and cross-border exchange of patient data and information security governance systems for healthcare informatics. Mate was a Secretary of the Slovenian national eHealth Project, Ministry of Health, where he spearheaded custody agreements in the field of applied solutions. Prior to this appointment he consulted on the European Joint Action project – PARENT, an initiative to establish a European patient registry network for exchanging registry data, and the European Commission Large Scale Project – epSOS, a cross-border exchange of patient data and national requirements for the Patient Summary Document.   Mate received his B.Sc. in computer software engineering at the University of Ljubljana. His PhD thesis project focuses on “Architecture of an Interoperable Platform to Support Digital Healthcare.” He is faculty member of the Business IT department,  IT University of Copenhagen.   Please join us in welcoming Mate Beštek, to the Blockchain and Healthcare Today (BHTY), editorial board.   BHTY - Building Trust Through Truth