Technology and Health Care

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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, 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.

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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
Biomedical Flow Dynamics Lab.
Creative Flow Research Div.
Institute of Fluid Science
Tohoku University
Sendai, Miyagi

Section Editors
Public Health, Health Information Systems
Ram Bhagyalakshmi, PSNA College Of
Engineering and Technology,
Kothandaraman Nagar, India

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, VA, USA
Gerardo Catapano, University of Calabria, Rende, Italy
Mustafa Citak, Helios ENDO Clinic Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Sara Condino, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

Editorial Board (cont’d.)
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
Min Soon Kim, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO, USA
Melissa L. Knothe Tate, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
Dimitris Koutsouris, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece
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
Ling Sun, Zimmer Inc., Warsaw, IN, USA
Nirmalya Thakur, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, 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


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    Technology and Health Care 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 three 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
    3. Revise and resubmit
    4. Reject
    5. Consider for another issue/publication

    They mean the following:

    1. The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
    2. The authors are required to make moderate changes to their manuscript. The manuscript becomes acceptable for publication if the changes proposed by the reviewers and editors are successfully addressed. The revised manuscript will be examined by the Editors-in-Chief and possibly sent back to all (or a selection of) reviewers for a second round of reviews. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
    3. In its current form, the manuscript is not suitable for publication. A resubmission would require substantial revisions and is only encouraged in special cases. The resubmitted manuscript will be considered as a new submission.
    4. The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal’s quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.
    5. The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be better suited for a different journal or publication.

    Authors are notified by the Editors-in-Chief, whose decision is final.