Call for Manuscripts:  India Special Issue

Submission Deadline: March 13, 2020

Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTYis inviting manuscript submissions for a Special Issue dedicated to the Indian Sub continent.

With over 102,000  views and downloads, 76+ 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 Authors are invited to submit original manuscripts, use cases, unpublished research, and defensible opinions on a broad spectrum of topics ranging from theory to science, technologies and methodologies, pilots and scalable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.

The Universal Healthcare System launched by the Government of India, will require solutions for interoperability of health records and data immutability. Blockchain technology can present the path forward for a robust & efficient heath system. This Special Issue seeks to advance the debate on the epistemology of blockchain, presenting research, use cases, and applications from the Indian Sub continent, to share with the world, as pioneers and leaders driving market use, adoption, and scale.

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

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 after 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 March 13, 2020. 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 per review round
  • 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:

Prasad Kothari, MS, VP, The Smart Cube, Board Member, BHTY

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


BHTY Medical Devices Special Issue


Blockchain in Healthcare Today is pleased to announce a special issue on medical devices to be published in Spring 2020.  Our guest editors from Mayo Clinic and Spiritus Partners, are seeking high quality, high-impact papers, reviews and opinions about the intersection of distributed ledger technology (DLT)/blockchain with medical devices - a crucial, fast-moving area for innovative clinical interventions, chronic disease management and preventive care.

Authors are invited to submit original manuscripts, use cases, unpublished research and defensible opinions in such topic areas as

  • Wearables – Consumer and medical grade
  • Clinical IoT/Internet of Medical Things (IOMT)
  • Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality, Robotics and 3D/4D printing
  • Interoperability and cybersecurity
  • Regulatory compliance, including post-market surveillance and adverse event management
  • Real-world evidence (RWE) and registries
  • Supply chain management
  • Patient data control and ownership
  • Clinical trials

From theory and science to technologies, methods, use cases, pilots and scalable deployments, BHTY’s readers represent a global audience of academic researchers, industry practitioners, policymakers and regulators who value well-reasoned, rigorous and pragmatic discourse about the opportunities and challenges presented by the convergence of DLT/blockchain and other emerging technologies in healthcare.

For a BHTY Medical Devices Special Issue Brief, please contact:

Guest Editor Susan Ramonat, CEO, Spiritus Partners, at

Mobile:    +1.610.551.9177


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!

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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.

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