Journal of Healthcare Engineering

Blockchain for Decentralized Management of IoT-driven Healthcare Devices

Publishing date
01 Nov 2021
Submission deadline
18 Jun 2021

Lead Editor

1National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India

2University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA

3Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang, China

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Blockchain for Decentralized Management of IoT-driven Healthcare Devices

This issue is now closed for submissions.
More articles will be published in the near future.


Two of the most captivating technologies today are blockchain and Internet-of-Things (IoT). The combination of blockchain and IoT has great prospects and could explore new ways of developing different applications in numerous domains. Miniaturization of electronic devices and innovation in wireless technologies has led us into the world of smart devices and has changed our lives. The use of smart devices in the healthcare industry helps in increasing monitoring and accurate data collection but at the same time increases the risk of privacy breaches and creates issues with scalability, efficiency, and security.

The implementation of blockchain technology for device management will assist in overcoming these issues. Blockchain technology maintains a distributed and consistent ledger at every node in the network without any trusted third party. It increases reliability in the healthcare industry as blockchain is tamper-resistant and also enhances auditability of generated data. Blockchain technology facilitates safety and fault tolerance in the network of smart healthcare devices as it executes a consensus process that ensures proper operation of devices in case of any failure. Device authentication can also be achieved using blockchain for preventing malicious activities. There is huge potential of merging blockchain technology with IoT in the area of healthcare, such as reducing cost fraud risk, and this could transform the way of working of the healthcare industry.

This Special Issue aims at providing a platform for academic and industry researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas and publish the challenges, latest research trends, and results for the role of blockchain in decentralized management of IoT-driven healthcare devices. This Special Issue aims to discuss various aspects of blockchain application in healthcare devices and to explore key concepts of decentralized management of IoT driven healthcare devices. Original research and review articles are welcome.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Healthcare data management using blockchain
  • Blockchain for IoT applications
  • Privacy preservation in healthcare using blockchain
  • Blockchain for access control in healthcare
  • IoT and healthcare applications
  • Blockchain and AI in improving healthcare industry
  • Healthcare system IoT and cloud computing
  • Medical record tracing using blockchain
  • Challenges of blockchain in healthcare
  • Benefits and challenges of IoT in healthcare
  • Enhancing security in healthcare using blockchain
  • Blockchain for authenticating smart devices in medical services
  • Blockchain models for healthcare applications
  • Blockchain and fog computing for IoT applications
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