Call for Papers

Special Theme Issue: Blockchain Tracking and Tracing for the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Device Industry

Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY) is delighted to announce the theme issue entitled “Blockchain Tracking and Tracing for the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Device Industry."

Blockchain technology offers reliable end-to-end tracking, monitoring and verification of drugs, including vaccines, across the supply chain. It enables faster manufacturing and resiliency including essential detection and correction for processes that improve productivity, efficiency, compliance and patient safety for the development, testing, packaging, and distribution of drug products in the pharmaceutical and healthcare device industry.

In the USA, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) will require full traceability of drugs by 2023. In developing countries, The Health Research Funding organization reports 10–30% of available drugs are fake, while the WHO has reported approximately 30% of medicines sold in Africa, Asia, and Latin America is counterfeit. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports counterfeit drugs pose a serious risk to public health and safety, while the OECD has reported the counterfeit pharmaceutical industry is worth $200 billion annually.

Technological solutions that provide track and trace capabilities to manufacturers, distributors, and others in the healthcare supply chain can keep global health citizens safer and more confident about the integrity of their prescription drugs and online pharmacy purchases. Distributed ledger technology can be used ensure the integrity and efficacy of pharmaceuticals by monitoring suppliers, verifying quality and authenticity of the supply chain while enhancing quality control, auditing and standards in tandem with NFC, RFID, QR Codes, GPS, metal tags — technologies that are based on the contactless transmission of data. 

Blockchain technology can be a solution that also increases trust toward a brand ensuring product authenticity throughout the supply chain. BHTY is pleased to issue this critical Call for Papers to examine blockchain technology applications and use in the pharmaceutical and device supply chain in healthcare.  Topics of interest may include but are not limited to:

  • Blockchain compatibility with QR codes, NFC, RFID or GPS
  • Contactless transfer of data
  • Counterfeit drugs and fraud
  • Expiration date
  • Global trade and Import/Export
  • Health policy and global implications (meeting SDGs)
  • Inventory and order management
  • Pandemic (PPP) Demand planning
  • Product and/or vaccine authenticity
  • Smart supply chain with IoT and Cloud
  • Smart tags
  • Supplier management
  • Supply chain analytics
  • Supply chain models and management
  • Supply chain optimization

Key Dates for Submissions

Submission Deadline:                                                April 30, 2022

Initial Decisions:                                                          June 15, 2022

Revisions Submitted and Decisions Made:            August 15, 2022

Publication:                                                                  October 30, 2022

Submission Guidelines

Papers should present new, original results and reviews that are unpublished. Please prepare your manuscript as per BHTY guidelines here. 

To submit a manuscript to this BHTY theme issue, please visit Be sure you have first registered. Include your ORCID ID if you have one.  Click the selection “Special Issue” for your submission.

Your manuscript will undergo full peer-review, consistent with BHTY criterion here. All papers will appear together in an e-collection (theme issue) guest edited by the academics listed below. 

The theme issue article processing charge (APC) is discounted 30% and will be $1,015. (the APC for the open access specialty journal is regularly $1,450, a discount of US $435.00). Waivers are available as per the BHTY Waiver Policy.

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Journal Editors-in-Chief

Bill Buchanan, OBE, Professor, School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University; Fellow of the BCS, United Kingdom

John D. Halamka, MD, MS, President, Mayo Clinic Platform, USA