Technology and Health Care

Impact Factor
2021
1.285

Volume

29, 6 issues

Latest issue

29:5 online 17 September 2021

Next issue

29:6 scheduled for November 2021

Back volumes

From volume 1, 1993

ISSN print

0928-7329

ISSN online

1878-7401

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

Editors-in-Chief

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

Email: niederer@biomed.ee.ethz.ch

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

Email: lahner@gelenkzentrum-hilden.de

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
USA

Email: basiyan@hotmail.com

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

Email: ohta@biofluid.ifs.tohoku.ac.jp

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

E-health

Christos N. Schizas
University of Cyprus
Nicosia, Cyprus

M-health

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
VA, USA

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
TX, USA

Yizhang Jiang
Jiangnan University
Wuxi, China

Ashish Joshi
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha
NE, USA

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
OH, USA

Gregorij Kurillo
University of California - Berkeley, Berkeley
CA, USA

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
TX, USA

Amulya K. Saxena
Imperial College London
London, UK

Kai-Uwe Schmitt
AGU Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland

Neeru Sharma
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha
NE, USA

Ayush Singhal
University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis
MN, USA

Jess G. Snedeker
University of Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland

Min Soon Kim
University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia
MO, USA

Ling Sun
Zimmer Inc., Warsaw
IN, USA

Nirmalya Thakur
OH, USA

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
NC, USA

Ting Ye
Advanced Cell Diagnostics, Inc., Hayward
CA, USA

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
India

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