Journal of Healthcare Engineering
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Acceptance rate37%
Submission to final decision99 days
Acceptance to publication48 days
CiteScore2.600
Impact Factor1.803

Blockchain-Based Reversible Data Hiding for Securing Medical Images

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Journal of Healthcare Engineering provides a vehicle for the exchange of advanced knowledge, emerging technologies, and innovative ideas related to all aspects of engineering involved in healthcare delivery processes and systems.

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Chief Editor, Professor Zollo, has research expertise in neuro-robotics and biomedical technologies for neuroscience, rehabilitation and assistance robotics, and robotic and mechatronic devices for personal assistance and service robotics.

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Journal of Healthcare Engineering
 Journal metrics
Acceptance rate37%
Submission to final decision99 days
Acceptance to publication48 days
CiteScore2.600
Impact Factor1.803
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