Blockchain Track, Trace and Fraud Issue Announced for Pharma and Healthcare Device Industry

Partners in Digital Health
3 min readJan 21, 2022

The open access peer reviewed journal, Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY), is delighted to announce the development of a special theme issue entitled “Blockchain Tracking and Tracing for the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Device Industry.” The highly cited journal is included in leading indexes such as Scopus, and is read in 118 countries. The peer reviewed open access journal is credited with creating and validating the specialty field for blockchain technology and innovation in healthcare.

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 vaccines, prescription drugs and online pharmacy purchases. Distributed ledger technology can be used to verify quality and authenticity while enhancing quality control, auditing and standards in tandem with technologies that are based on contactless transmission of data.

BHTY has issued a Call for Papers to examine blockchain technology applications and use in the pharmaceutical and healthcare device supply chain. Papers should present new, original results and reviews that are unpublished for peer review. Topics may include and 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

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2022

Initial Decisions: June 15, 2022

Revisions Submitted & Decisions Made: August 15, 2022

Publication: October 30, 2022

To submit a manuscript to the BHTY theme issue, please visit Register with an ORCID ID if possible and click the selection “Special Issue” for submissions.


Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY) is the world’s first peer reviewed open access journal that amplifies and disseminates distributed ledger technology research and innovations in healthcare information systems, clinical computing, network technologies and the biomedical sciences. Fields of interest include utility for data integrity, privacy preservation, health information systems, interoperability, permissioned security for health data, clinical support and clinical trials management, supply chain management, revenue cycle automation, cost and market impact, and the integration of AI and machine learning tools in this emerging specialty field of research. The journal is owned by Partners in Digital Health, LLC.

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