Special Issue: India

Call for Manuscripts

Submission Deadline: December 13, 2019

Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY)is inviting submissions for a special issue dedicated to India.

With over 26,000 downloads, 47 citations and readership in 70 countries worldwideBlockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY) is the preeminent open-access international peer-review journal for strategic thought leaders, new-era practitioners, and future society stakeholders engaged in blockchain technology and intersecting innovations in healthcare. The online only journal is published on a continuous basis in order to accelerate sharing of rigorously vetted theoretical and experiential knowledge required for a growth sector. Authors are invited to submit original manuscripts, use cases, unpublished research, and defensible opinions on a broad spectrum of topics ranging from theory to science, technologies and methodologies, pilots and scalable deployments, operations and economics, user experience and Return-on-Adoption, legal and regulatory, transformation and disruption, and ecosystem and societal issues relevant to blockchain and converging technologies in healthcare. A world-class peer-review board endeavors to offer rapid, peer-review (14 days), and includes constructive commentary to strengthen work.



Blockchain, along with AI and IoT, is widely considered as the next step towards a digital society, where objects and people are interconnected and interact through communication networks. This presents one of the most important key drivers for the implementation of “Industry 4.0,” and for the digital transformation of industries and companies around the globe. Relevant impacts of this technology are expected in the healthcare sector. Blockchain healthcare use cases are being unveiled by the day, and with them, the entire healthcare system can be completely overhauled.

We believe, with the recently introduced Universal Healthcare System launched by the Government of India, issue of interoperability of health records and data immutability will need to be addressed. Blockchain could be the best proven technology in making the healthcare system more robust and efficient.

This special issue seeks to contribute and advance the current debate on the epistemology of Blockchain by bringing together research papers, use cases, and applications from the Indian Sub continent, to share with the world, as pioneers and leaders driving market use, adoption and scale.


Scope and Topics

Following the examples of previously published papers in Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY), authors are invited to submit only original, unpublished research results, position papers, guidelines, use reports, failed research attempts, educational teachings, updates, market research, case studies, and educational tools. Papers are invited that exclusively address blockchain device innovations in healthcare and all converging technologies. No white papers, advertorials, or press releases will be considered. Be certain your paper is evidence based, original (meaning has NOT been published elsewhere, including parts previously published on websites), and referenced in the Vancouver style.

Topic areas include, but are not limited to focus areas below. Please note, these include all devices that converge with blockchain, exclusively in healthcare. 

Editorial Focus:

  • NEW BUSINESS MODELS: Future Society, future economy, incentive models, Tokenomics, cashless economy, Internet of value, ecosystem structure and dynamics, scalability, sustainability, patient benefits
  • USE CASES: use case discovery frameworks, use case roadmaps, key learnings from successful and unsuccessful experiences
  • SPECIAL REPORTS: may include consensus statements, guidelines, and statements from a reputable task force, work group, or government recommendations. These manuscripts are neither reviews nor original reports of primary research. 
  • NEW MODELS OF TRUST: Privacy, ethics, confidentiality, governance, access control, provenance, consensus, security, privacy, disintermediation, and scalability
  • THEORY: game theory, psychology, consensus models
  • USER EXPERIENCE: segmentation and demographics, consumerization of healthcare, behavioral considerations, user centered design, adoption drivers and barriers, Return-on-Adoption, Real world use and scalability
  • HEALTH IT: Electronic Health Records, Health Information Exchange, claim adjudication, clinical trials, provenance, supply chain, ePedigree, medical devices, Internet of Things (IoT), wearables, sensors, smart medical home
  • LEGAL & REGULATORY: health and wellness consumer protection, health and wellness Tokenomics trading, fraud, liability, indemnification, patient identity, large data sets
  • TECHNOLOGY: On-Chain – Off-Chain solution architecture, DApps, identity management, consensus protocols, smart contracts, security, cryptography, tokens, interoperability, standards, scalability, business continuity
  • EDUCATION: the fundamentals, innovation management, managing digital transformation, future workforce

Submission Categories

Authors are invited to submit original papers in the following categories:

  • Proof of Concept
  • Use Cases, Pilots
  • Special Reports to include original consensus statements, guidelines, or recommendations
  • Methodologies/API
  • Production, Deployment
  • Original Clinical Research
  • Original Market Research
  • Narrative/Systematic Reviews/Meta-Analysis
  • Opinions, Perspectives, and Commentary on a current trend or issue impacting the sector
  • Training and Tool Kits


BHTY follows ICMJE guidelines for authorship. Please click this link to review and determine authorship criteria for your submission. Authors must meet all four criteria to be listed as authors. 

Submission of Papers

Submission Deadline: December 13, 2019 

Please submit your manuscript as soon as it is ready. We review, and will accept them on a rolling basis.

To submit, please click here. Please note, you must first become a BHTY registered user to upload your paper.


APC (Article Processing Charge) is payable ONLY if your manuscript is ACCEPTED.

  • For manuscripts, 50% off the APCfee of $850.00 USD, or $425.00 USD, for India Special Issue Only, invoiced upon article acceptance
  • For lengthy reports and guideline papers with up to 100 references, 50% off the APC fee of $1,050.00 USD, or $525.00 USD, for India Special Issue Only, invoiced upon article acceptance
  • For active and enrolled students that can demonstrate ownership of manuscript content and primary authorship, the APC fee is $399.00, USD for India Special Issue Only, invoiced upon article acceptance



Submissions are due no later than December 13, 2019. No exceptions. 

The issue will be published in Q1/2020 or before depending on reviewer comments and the length of time it takes authors to make revisions and resubmit manuscript revisions. We ask you respect the time and volunteerism of BHTY peer reviewers. 


Benefits to Authors:

See Details at  BHTY FAQs 

Unlike any other journal in this market today, Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY) continuously pushes the boundaries of technology innovation in scholarly publication and ecosystem practices needed to bring together thought leading academics, pragmatic innovators, and practitioners from the private and public sectors around the world.

A First-In-Category international peer-review open-access online academic journal, BHTY provides the following benefits to authors:

Great Ease Of Publication

  • Endorsed the American Telemedicine Association
  • Collaborators with HIMSS  and HIMSS Blockchain Taskforce
  • Partners with IEEE-SA
  • Accepting submissions on an ongoing, continuous, no-deadline basis
  • Rapid two-week peer-review turn around
  • Establish credibility of the scholarly work as measured by the collaborative work of double blind peer review of internationally renowned reviewers.
  • Broadening the reach to thought leading academics, pragmatic innovators, and practitioners from the private and public sectors around the world
  • Accelerating global scale R&D and collaboration
  • Experiencing the benefits from the growing ecosystem led by BHTY publisher Partners in Digital Health (PDH)

Competitive Merit Exposure

  • Automatic entry to #ConV2X 2020 annual conference Editor’s Choice Award
  • Winner is featured in a podcast interview with BHTY’s Editor-in-Chief Dr. John Halamka
  • Featured and promoted in all social and media channels 
  • Winner is announced at the annual #ConV2X conference

Immediate Broad Exposure Upon Publication


Editor in Chief:

John Halamka, MD, Executive Director of Beth Israel Lahey Health Technology Exploration Center, and Harvard Medical School International Healthcare Innovation Professor

BHTY Guest Editors:

Arnab Paul, MS, MBA, PhD, CEO Patient Planet, Board Member, Blockchain in Healthcare, Member HIMSS Blockhain Task Force, and Government Blockchain Association

Gaurav Somwanshi, Dali Lama Fellow, British Council Future Leader, former PwC India Senior Consultant, and BHTY India Chapter Ambassador




Thank you for everything you did to make this journey not just possible – but also so significant!

It’s time to take a pause and applaud you for doing your part in this incredibly talented, curious, and passionate community sharing a single objective: make technology innovation in health and wellness make sense for the future society.

Here are some of the highlights looking back at 2018, and headlights going forward in 2019.

May you enjoy festivities with the light of the universe, and warmth of like hearts around the globe, cradling you and your loved ones.

Tory Cenaj, Publisher
Your servant leader.


In March 2018 we’ve launched this first international peer review journal dedicated to blockchain and converging technologies in healthcare, intended for strategic thought leaders, new-era practitioners, and future society stakeholders from academia, private sector, non-profit organizations, and government.

With over 20,000 downloads at an average of three per hour from over 65 countries and our first citation, Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY) is the product of passionate authors, ecosystem players, and board members.

To submit, click here, or go to https://blockchainhealthcaretoday.com/index.php/journal

Have questions? Contact us, or send email to info@partnersindigitalhealth.com


In order to accelerate the use of blockchain to establish transparency and trust throughout the scholarly publication process, collaboration, and funding, we partnered with Orvium.io, creator of a purpose-built open-source decentralized blockchain-based, AI-enabled framework for managing scholarly publications’ life cycles.

Telehealth and Medicine Today (TMT) will be the first to run on Orvium. Zero-Delay Publishing aims to make scientific work immediately available upon submission for public review and interaction, promoting scientific patronage campaigns in public and private sectors around the world, and more. To learn more, click here, or go to https://orvium.io.


90 Speakers, 50 Sessions, 17 partners, and 3 Awards shared a single objective: Accelerate healthcare’s pragmatic adoption of new technologies by informing, inspiring, and debating the role and value of technology innovation to health systems, healthcare workforce, and patients around the world.

For podcasts and presentations click or go to https://blockchainhealthcaretoday.com/index.php/journal/issue/view/2

To catch up on social media, follow #ConV2X  To learn about partnering with or sponsoring #ConV2X 2019, email us at info@partnersindigitalhealth.com

But we did not stop there…


In order to strengthen the validity of scholarly publishing, accelerate global scale R&D and collaboration, and enhance researchers and developers trust-based reputation, BHTY partnered with ARTiFACTS.ai, creator of the blockchain-enabled platform for academic and scientific research and development.

In addition to making BHTY content available on the ARTiFACTS platform, researchers, developers, and entrepreneurs can use it to establish proof of existence of data, research and development outputs; provide and receive blockchain-secured attribution and other incentives in real-time, and more.

To learn more, click here, or go to https://artifacts.ai


In order to broaden the sector's knowledge base and accelerating Time To Market of software code and data with credibility and trust, and extending the scope of scholarly publications’ references to discoverable, reproducible, and annotatable code, BHTY partnered with Code Ocean, creator of a cloud-based computational reproducibility platform. Researchers, engineers, developers, and scientists can link working code in a computational environment in BHTY.

To learn more, click here, or go to https://codeocean.com/about


In order to improve user experience of authors tracking the impact of their scholarly publications, citation metrics, peer reviews, and journal editing work; and establish the public trust in the credibility of its scholarly publication, BHTY partnered with Publons, creator of an author-centric one-stop-shop publication aggregation, verification, and management platform.

Adding to over 2 million verified reviews, authors’ submission to BHTY will be automatically imported to Publons with verified peer-review and complete journal editing history; and peer reviewers will acquire credit for their work.

To learn more, click here, or go to https://publons.com/about/home


BHTY Hosts ConVerge2Xcelerate (#ConV2X) 2019 Annual Conference


Converge2Xcelerate (#ConV2X) challenges audiences to catalyze and change healthcare using blockchain technology, telehealth, and converging technologies to build consensus for new healthcare solutions and reduces costs for health systems and health consumers. Top world authorities share business cases, pilots, and scaled use, to demonstrate the impact of new and vetted solutions to address challenges in healthcare.

The conference cuts straight to the practicality of initiatives using the HBS Case Method with panelists. Where possible, the bottom line financial impact of initiatives is shared along with “how to” guidance for replicating similar outcomes.

Each year, a current and topical theme is selected to find solutions to current challenges in healthcare and build consensus and understanding for them. This year #ConV2X 2019 presents “Proving Market Value with Pragmatic Innovation in Healthcare.”

The conference is collegiate in essence. No titles or corporate affiliations are featured on badges. This encourages all participants at all levels to share relevant experiences with new or known community members.

Professionally moderated Debates are a conference staple, as top authorities elucidate arguments, pro and con, addressing controversial issues and topics. The Innovation Ignition Competition brings you tomorrow’s investment opportunities with startups competing for mind share and exposure, to VCs, and leading tech labs.

#ConV2X welcomes all stakeholders in the ecosystem to facilitate dialogue, build alliances, educate, and bolster pioneering efforts in industry.

Click here for conference details.

Healthcare Executives Join BHTY Board


Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY), is pleased to announce it has augmented its editorial board with hands-on experts transforming health and care around the world. Our newest BHTY board members are:

- Combiz R. Abdolrahimi, Emerging Technologies & Innovation Leader, Deloitte

- Nitin Gaur, Director, IBM WW Digital Asset Labs

- Mike Jacobs, Technology Fellow and SVP of Engineering, Optum

- Jim Nasr, Vice President, Technology & Innovation, Synchrogenix, a Certara company

BHTY is honored to welcome these thought leaders and domain experts.

Welcome aboard!

BHTY - Building Trust Through Truth

ATA Endorses BHTY and TMT


We are excited to share the ATA has endorsed the peer reveiw journals Telehealth and Medicine Today and Blockhain in Healthcare Today.

“Blockchain is a key driving force behind maintaining accurate, actionable healthcare data – and is an important component of where we’re headed in telehealth. The ATA is delighted to collaborate with Partners in Digital Health, as the benefits of blockchain technology are critical to our members’ success in the future,” stated Ann Mond Johnson, CEO, ATA.

The academic portfolio’s editor-in-chief, John Halmaka, MD, International Healthcare Innovation Professor, Harvard Medical School, added “We are happy to collaborate with the ATA to catalyze local and global initiatives and use cases to move health, delivery, and education forward, with telehealth and blockchain technology.”

“Pushing the confines of pragmatic healthcare innovation and academic publication practices, these journals fill gaps with editorial missions poised for the next frontier in health and care around the world,” stated Tory Cenaj, Founder, Partners in Digital Health.

To learn more, go to https://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=235605

Stay tuned for more news and initiatives in the near future...!


New BHTY Privacy Policy


The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party. The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to inform readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviors, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication. This journal’s editorial team uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this journal. Data that will assist in developing this publishing platform may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here. The authors published in this journal are responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported here. Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.



BHTY Proudly Partners with ARTiFACTS to Expand Use of Blockchain in Scholarly Publishing


BHTY has partnered with ARTiFACTS to integrate blockchain into scholarly publishing workflow & collaborate on research to assess its effectiveness to improve speed, collaboration, access, transparency, & attribution in scientific research. BHTY now provides a blockchain-based service for its author community for PoE, attributions, and indexing of content, plus linking supporting article materials for an early user-community in this leading-edge field.

The effort will include a work group that includes BHTY authors to provide feedback for product development, with the goal of generating an article for publication that contrasts the legacy methods/processes/tools with the first in market approaches of the parties. BHTY publisher, Tory Cenaj, believes the partnership with ARTiFACTS will speed the research cycle, and help build the reputations of subscribing researchers and authors faster.

The service is accessible for any subscriber of the journal. For more information see Information for Authors or read the press release at https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/artifacts-and-blockchain-in-healthcare-today-partner-to-expand-use-of-blockchain-in-scholarly-publishing-300631967.html