Technology and Health Care

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30:1 online 04 January 2022

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30:2 scheduled for March 2022

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Aims & Scope

Technology and Health Care is intended to serve as a forum for the presentation of original articles and technical notes, observing rigorous scientific standards. Furthermore, upon invitation, reviews, tutorials, discussion papers and minisymposia are featured. The main focus of THC is related to the overlapping areas of engineering and medicine. The following types of contributions are considered:

  1. Original articles: New concepts, procedures and devices associated with the use of technology in medical research and clinical practice are presented to a readership with a widespread background in engineering and/or medicine. In particular, clinical cooperation is important and the clinical benefit deriving from the application of engineering methods and devices in clinical medicine should be demonstrated. Typically, full length original contributions have a length of 4000 words, thereby taking duly into account figures and tables.
  2. Technical Notes and Short Communications: Technical Notes relate to novel technical developments with relevance for clinical medicine. In Short Communications, clinical applications are shortly described. Both Technical Notes and Short Communications typically have a length of 1500 words.
  3. Reviews and Tutorials (upon invitation only): Tutorial and educational articles for persons with a primarily medical background on principles of engineering with particular significance for biomedical applications and vice versa are presented. The Editorial Board is responsible for the selection of topics.
  4. Minisymposia (upon invitation only): Under the leadership of a Special Editor, controversial or important issues relating to health care are highlighted and discussed by various authors.
  5. Letters to the Editors: Discussions or short statements (not indexed).

Specific topics relating to medical and biological engineering within the journal’s scope are:

  • Bioelectronics, clinical biomechanics, biophotonics
  • Medical imaging technology, bio-imaging
  • Surgical technology
  • Monitoring devices, respiration technology, drug delivery systems
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures associated with Ionizing and non-ionizing radiation
  • Artificial organs, biomaterials
  • Tissue engineering, bio-inspired materials, molecular and cellular methods
  • Devices and instruments for use in rehabilitation
  • Telemedicine, e-health and mobile phone techniques for use in clinical medicine
  • Home care technology

Note: In consideration of the rapid development of medical IT, the description of computer programs, in particular of AI and machine learning procedures, exhibiting screen shots, explicit computer code, etc. is not accepted for publication because of imminent obsoleteness. Likewise, for the same reason, computer-based image or biological signal analysis procedures without demonstration of long-lasting clinical relevance are not suited for publication. Furthermore, the presentation of surveys and questionnaire projects, often with local participation only, is not in agreement with the aims & scope of the journal.

Editorial Board


Prof. em. Peter F. Niederer
Nordstrasse 366
CH-8037 Zurich


PD Dr. Matthias Lahner
Joint Center Hilden
Ruhr University Bochum, Bahnhofsallee 20, 40721 Hilden


Past Editor-in-Chief

Prof. Ali E. Engin, 1999-2005

Deputy Editors-in-Chief

Bolanle Asiyanbola
Associate Professor of Surgery
Meharry Medical College

Nashville, TN 37248


|Makoto Ohta
Christos N. Schizas, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
Sendai, Miyagi


Associate Editor ​​​​​​

Saurabh Chaturvedi
King Khalid University
Abha, Saudi Arabia

Orthopedics, Arthroscopic Joint Surgery

Wolfram Teske
Ruhr University
Bochum, Bochum, Germany

Clinical Engineering, Health Technology Management, Human Factor Engineering

Roberto Miniati
University of Florence
Florence, Italy


Christos N. Schizas
University of Cyprus
Nicosia, Cyprus


Melvyn Zhang Weibin
National University of Singapore
Singapore, Singapore

Editorial Board

Almir Badnjevic
University of Sarajevo
Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina

Shanmugam Balamurugan
Intelligent Research Consultancy Services
Coimbatore, India

Elizabeth Bell Brokaw
MITRE Health, McLean

Gerardo Catapano
University of Calabria
Rende, Italy

Marina Carbone
University of Pisa
Pisa, Italy

Saurabh Chaturvedi
King Khalid University
Abha, Saudi Arabia

Mustafa Citak
Helios ENDO Clinic Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany

Sara Condino
University of Pisa
Pisa, Italy

James A. Covington
University of Warwick
Coventry, UK

Sebastian Dendorfer
Regensburg University of Applied Sciences
Regensburg, Germany

Mark Donnelly
Ulster University
Newtownabbey, UK

Garry Duffy
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (​RCSI)
Dublin, Ireland

Christian Duif
St. Josef-Hospital
Bochum, Germany

David Elad
Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv, Israel

Juan Fang
Bern University of Applied Sciences
Bern, Switzerland

Chiara Giulia Fontanella
University of Padova
Padova, Italy

Francesco Frosini
University of Florence
Florence, Italy

Josef Guttmann
Freiburg University Hospital - Anesthesiology and Intensive Care
Freiburg, Germany

Joachim Hammer
Regensburg University of Applied Sciences
Regensburg, Germany

Jungsoo Han
Baekseok University
Cheonan, Korea

Peter Hilfiker
Swiss Epilepsy Centre
Zurich, Switzerland

Kenneth J. Hunt
Bern University of Applied Sciences
Bern, Switzerland

Christine Huttin
Aix-Marseille University
Marseille, Belgium

M. Sriram Iyengar
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston

Yizhang Jiang
Jiangnan University
Wuxi, China

Ashish Joshi
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha

Cathal Kearney
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Dublin, Ireland

Dimitris Koutsouris
National Technical University of Athens
Athens, Greece

Melissa L. Knothe Tate
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland

Gregorij Kurillo
University of California - Berkeley, Berkeley

Adam Liebert
Polish Academy of Sciences
Warsaw, Poland

Dieter Liepsch
Munich University of Applied Sciences
Munich, Germany

Paul Peter Lunkenheimer
University Hospital Muenster
Muenster, Germany

Frank Lyons
St. James's Hospital
Dublin, Ireland

Peter Manser
ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland Zlatko Matjacic, University Rehabilitation Institute
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Paul J. McCullagh
Ulster University
Newtownabbey, UK

Matjaz Mihelj
University of Ljubljana
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Marina Milosevic
University of Kragujevac
Kragujevac, Serbia

Hamidreza Namazi
Monash University Malaysia
Selangor, Malaysia

Stanislav Polzer
Technical University of Ostrava
Ostrava, Czech Republic

Richard Reilly
Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland

Vladimir Rogalewicz
Czech Technical University in Prague
Prague, Czech Republic

Jude P.J. Savarraj
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston

Amulya K. Saxena
Imperial College London
London, UK

Kai-Uwe Schmitt
AGU Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland

Neeru Sharma
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha

Ayush Singhal
University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis

Jess G. Snedeker
University of Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland

Min Soon Kim
University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia

Ling Sun
Zimmer Inc., Warsaw

Nirmalya Thakur

Mohy Uddin
King Saud bin Abdul Aziz University for Health Sciences
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Bart G.J. Verkerke
University of Groningen
Groningen, The Netherlands

Xiaoxi Yang
BioMedomics, Inc., Durham

Ting Ye
Advanced Cell Diagnostics, Inc., Hayward

Kelvin Yeung
The University of Hong Kong Medical Centre
Hong Kong, China

Yudong Zhang
University of Leicester
Leicester, UK

Section Editors

Public Health, Health Information Systems

Ram Bhagyalakshmi
PSNA College Of Engineering and Technology Kothandaraman Nagar

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    Peer Review Policy

    Technology and Health Care is a peer-reviewed journal. Articles submitted to the journal undergo a single-blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is known to the reviewers but the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors.

    All submitted manuscripts are subjected to initial appraisal by the Editors-in-Chief and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be that the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.

    Papers deemed suitable to be reviewed will be assigned to a handling editor. The handling editor will then invite reviewers to comment on the work and might consider inviting the reviewers suggested by the author(s). Editors and reviewers are asked to excuse themselves from reviewing a submission if a conflict of interest makes them unable to make an impartial scientific judgment or evaluation. Conflicts of interest include but are not limited to: collaboration with the authors in the past three years; any professional or financial affiliations that may be perceived as a conflict of interest; a history of personal differences with the author(s).

    As a standard policy, decisions are based on two reviews, in some specific circumstances one review may be deemed sufficient to make a decision on a paper. The Editors-in-Chief strive to ensure a typical turnaround time of 3 months.

    Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:

    • Logical, concise ordering of ideas
    • Use of sound research methods
    • Adequacy of documentation    
    • Material has good applied use in the field    
    • Readability and interest level

    Based on the received reviews the handling editor will propose to the Editors-in-Chief a recommendation:

    1. Accept article as submitted
    2. Accept article revision by the author according to suggestions made in review
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    5. Consider for another issue/publication

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    1. The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
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    5. The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be better suited for a different journal or publication.

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