The Importance of Validated Medical Devices
The American Medical Association (AMA) and NORC are trying to change how clinicians and consumers can reliably determine if a blood pressure monitor is validated. The AMA enlisted the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago (NORC) to help in the design and management of an impartial process to identify which BP devices offered in the U.S. meet the AMA’s established criteria to validate clinical accuracy (the Validated Device Listing Criteria). This was done to address the growing issue of unvalidated devices being marketed in the US. A BP device’s compliance with the VDL Criteria for validation of clinical accuracy is determined by an independent review committee made up of doctors with advanced training in the field of blood pressure. The “US Blood Pressure Validated Device Listing” or “VDL” is a formal list of BP devices that have undergone clinical accuracy validation because of this independent evaluation procedure.