Practical resources on how to check for validated blood pressure devices

Practical resources on how to check for validated blood pressure devices
Invitaton to the webinar Practical resources on how to check for validated blood pressure devices

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cordially invite you to participate in the webinar on Practical resources on how to check validated blood pressure devices  that will be held on Thursday,  30 July, 2020, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am (Washington, DC time)

This session will be in Spanish and English, with simultaneous translation.

About the webinar

Accurate blood pressure measurement is key for the effective diagnosis, prevention and control of hypertension. That can be achieved with the use of clinically validated automated devices, use of a correct protocol measurement and proper patient preparation.

Currently, there are over 3 000 commercially available BP devices, but many do not have published data on accuracy testing according to established scientific standards. This problem is enabled through weak or absent regulations that allow clearance of devices for commercial use without formal validation. In addition, new BP technologies have emerged (e.g. cuffless sensors) for which there is no scientific consensus regarding BP measurement accuracy standards. Altogether, these issues contribute to the widespread availability of clinic and home BP devices with limited or uncertain accuracy, leading to inappropriate hypertension diagnosis, management and drug treatment on a global scale.


  • Primary health care teams and community health workers,
  • Ministries of Health, health regulatory agencies,
  • Professional societies,
  • Public in general.

How to participate




  • 9:00 am - Opening. Dr Pedro Orduñez, Regional Advisor NCDs, PAHO/WHO Washington, DC
  • 9:05 am - Welcome remarks. Dr. Patricia Richter, Global Noncommunicable Diseases Branch Chief, CDC
  • 9:10 am - Valid Blood Pressure Project. Overview and new resources Dr. Dean Picone, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • 9:25 am - Questions and answers
  • 9:35 am - Challenges on blood pressure devices in the Region of the Americas. Dr. Cintia Lombardi, PAHO/WHO Washington, DC
  • 9:40 am - Forthcoming resources on blood pressure measurement at PAHO´s Virtual Campus. Dr. Yenny Rodríguez, PAHO/WHO Washington, DC
  • 9:45 am - Questions and answers
  • 9:55 am - Conclusions & Closure



Time correspondence 

  • 6:00 am.- Los Angeles
  • 7:00 am. – Calgary, Edmonton, Guatemala City,  San José, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
  • 8:00 am. – Bogotá, Kingston, Lima, Mexico City, Panama City, Quito, Santo Domingo
  • 9:00 am.- Atlanta, Bridgetown, Castries, Georgetown, Havana, Port of Spain, Santiago, Toronto, Washington DC
  • 10:00 am. – Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Paramaribo
  • 11:00 pm.-  Hobart (Australia)

For other cities, check the time in the following link


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