Call for Paper – Special Issue Security Science Journal Medint - Medical Intelligence and future perspectives


Medical_Intelligence_MEDINT1.pngCall for Paper – Special Issue Security Science Journal

Medint - Medical Intelligence and future perspectives


Guest Editors: Prof. Marco Lombardi and Dr. Barbara Lucini, Itstime, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Milan


The role of Medical Intelligence for Public Health, in a systemic vision, is of great importance from many points of view and now requires, in our opinion, an explicit methodological and functional definition. This will allow its efficient insertion in the dynamics of global assistance. Health data has its dimension of Intelligence that is little explored and, above all, not organized at all in procedures rooted in shared practices.


The possible scenarios to be evaluated are among others:

  1. Subtraction of health data and elaboration of interpretative models from open information to identify the health status of significant institutional actors;
  2. Modification of the health data of significant players, or entire clusters, to generate alarm and produce threats;
  3. Lack of communication awareness of involved healthcare personnel when dealing with information that may have national security implications;
  4. Manipulation (hacking) of medical machines, in diagnostics, drafting reports up to interference during medical operations;


One of the main relevant issues when dealing with medical intelligence is the consideration of its three dimensions: safety, security and intelligence, which in today's global world are interdependent and interconnected.         For instance, Medical safety includes all those technical-technological protocols, from architectural plans for the construction of a hospital or any other medical facility to the organization of security and the implementation of a surveillance system. In the same way, all those internal and external risks, such as the dangers of various diseases, viruses and other pathogens, whether they are caused by nature or by man, can be subsumed under the part of man or nature and for this reason it addresses the security dimension of medical issues.  Moreover, intelligence implies the application of the intelligence cycle in the field of medicine and it implies the collection and processing of data, assessment of data and predictions of all those risks that have so far remained unknown to members of the intelligence community, because what doctors of medicine know, ordinary people do not know, and vice versa. Alongside these risk scenarios, the information concerning the healthcare sector also provides opportunities if elaborated in the light of increasingly complex and intelligent models. On the other hand, the progressive, rapid integration between technology and medical science, without any reflection on the vulnerabilities that innovation can generate in the dimensions contiguous to healthcare, opens up scenarios of reflection of great interest for intelligence, both in the role of defending the strategic information to be protected and in a more pro-active role of acquiring strategic information. Medical Intelligence is an area of research and study that needs to be better specified and deepened especially considering the social, communicative and technological complexities of contemporary societies.


This call for papers invites to propose reflections and studies that consider medical intelligence both for its more strictly medical aspects but also, because underestimated, the intelligence and security/safety dimensions.


The selected papers will be published in the Special Issue of Security Sciences Journal dedicated to Medical Intelligence, in June 2024.

Please submit your paper proposal abstract of 250-300 words and your detailed CV in English by e-mail to both the Guest Editor:

Marco Lombardi:

Barbara Lucini:


The deadline for proposal submissions is January 31, 2024

Notifications of acceptance will go out by February 15th, 2024

Final paper must be submitted by April 30, 2024


For the submission of abstract proposal please consider the following guidelines at: