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Special supplement on innovations to improve non-communicable diseases

Over the past two years in healthcare, we’ve become accustomed to a focus on infectious diseases as the world tackled the covid-19 pandemic. Despite this focus, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have not gone away and the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts a “long-term upsurge in deaths from NCDs.”

That’s why we wanted to shine a light on the innovations that are making a difference in combating these diseases. This special collection of 10 papers published in BMJ Innovations focuses on those innovations which have the potential to drive improvements across NCDs.



BMJ innovations webinar on on non-communicable diseases 

This webinar took place on the 8 August and showcased the best available articles showcased in a special BMJ Innovations collection, kindly sponsored by Pfizer.



Challenges and opportunities in employing digital health to address self-management needs of people with NCDs in India

Nachiket Gudi; Uday N Yadav; Oommen John; Ruth Webster

Innovations that harm: Tobacco product and packaging in low- and middle-income countries

Jennifer L Brown; Katherine Clegg Smith; Kevin Welding; Joaquin Barnoya; Joanna E Cohen

Low- and Middle-Income Countries Leading the Way with Tobacco Control Policies

Joanna E Cohen; Graziele Grilo; Lauren Czaplicki; Jennifer L Brown; Kevin Welding; Marita Hefler; Ryan D Kennedy; Anne-Marie Perucic

Digital health innovations for non-communicable disease management during the COVID-19 pandemic: a rapid scoping review

Shruti Murthy; Prashanthi Kamath; Myron Anthony Godinho; Nachiket Gudi; Anil Jacob; Oommen John

Flash Glucose Monitoring: The story so far and the journey ahead

Thomas Simon James Crabtree; Pratik Choudhary; Partha Kar; Emma G Wilmot

Design and proof-of-concept evaluation of a touchless connector system for preventing peritoneal dialysis-associated peritonitis

Ibrahim Olawale Yekinni; Thomas Viker; Ryan Hunter; Aaron Tucker; Sarah Elfering; Michelle N Rheault; Arthur Erdman

“Padayon” – a new digital health model for Diabetes and Hypertension in rural Philippines

John Paluyo; Anne Stake; Rich Bryson




Design and development of a clinical decision support system for community health workers to support early detection and management of non-communicable disease

Sojib Bin Zaman; Nisal De Silva; Tian Yu Goh; Roger G Evans; Rajkumari Singh; Rajesh Singh; 

Akash Singh; Parul Singh; Amanda G Thrift

National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale scores obtained using a mobile application compared to the conventional paper form – a randomized controlled validation study

Bugge, Helge Fagerheim; Guterud, Mona; Røislien, Jo; Larsen, Karianne; Ihle-Hansen, Hege; 

Toft, Mathias; Hov, Maren Ranhoff; Sandset, Else Charlotte

Community-based Screening for Cervical Cancer Prevention: A Case of Social Innovation in Capacity Building in Ghana

Kwabena Opoku-Mensah; Philip Teg-Nefaah Tabong; Adanna Uloaku Nwameme; Phyllis Awor; Joseph D. Tucker; Emmanuel Asampong; Phyllis Dako-Gyeke 

Social innovations to increase health coverage: evidence from a crowdsourcing contest in Ghana

Phyllis Dako-Gyeke; Emmanuel Asampong; Kwabena Opoku-Mensah; Philip Teg-Nefaah Tabong; Phyllis Awor; Joseph D Tucker




This important collection of papers is supported by an independent medical grant from Pfizer, including the open access fees. BMJ maintained full editorial control over commissioning, external peer review, editing and publication of all articles. To ensure independence, the collection editor did not have contact with the funder. 

BMJ Innovations is a peer-reviewed online journal focused on emerging digital technologies, novel medical devices, and process and system innovations. The journal champions high-quality original research, early-stage innovation reports, and systemic and narrative reviews. Along with a rich mix of news, discussion and debate it aims to ensure innovators, clinicians, leaders and policymakers stay informed on and accelerate the adoption of the latest innovations that will make the biggest impact on health.


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