Internal and Emergency Medicine

, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 947–949 | Cite as

A novel flash glucose monitoring system in patients with diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2: which are the pieces of evidence for payer decision-makers?

  • Salvatore CorraoEmail author
  • Biagio Nativo
  • Giuseppe Natoli
  • Marika Lo Monaco
  • Francesco Perticone


A rigorous health technology assessment is necessary to evaluate a new technology. However, healthcare regulatory agencies have less restrictive rules about medical devices, despite some recent warnings about this relevant matter. The evaluation should have at least two key issues, which require attention. The first one is its effectiveness, and the second one is its economic sustainability. In this paper, we deal with a novel glucose-sensing technology as a case study to examine the matter in depth. An evidence-based point of view is used to highlight this important issue.


Biomedical technology Technology assessment Biomedical Decision making Organizational Economic Ethics 



We thank Dr. Marta Alioto for the revision of the language.


No financial, nor any other material support was received in support of this work.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine, National Relevance and High Specialization Hospital TrustARNAS Civico, Di Cristina, BenfratelliPalermoItaly
  2. 2.Centre of Research for Effectiveness and Appropriateness in Medicine (C.R.E.A.M.), Di.Bi.M.I.SUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly
  3. 3.Department of EndocrinologyGravina HospitalCaltagironeItaly
  4. 4.Department of Organizational, Clinical, and Translational ResearchI.E.ME.S.TPalermoItaly
  5. 5.Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences“Magna-Græcia” University of CatanzaroCatanzaroItaly

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