CDC Seeks Input on Kidney Disease Surveillance System

New Website will be displayed at the National Kidney Foundation's Spring Clinical Meetings

Orlando, FL (April 3, 2013) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will showcase the new National Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System interactive web site to doctors and researchers at the National Kidney Foundation's Spring Clinical Meetings held here this week.

The CDC's Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Surveillance System is the first government-supported resource which aims to centralize data that will be used to gauge the full scope of kidney disease, its risk factors, its health consequences and the healthcare system's capacity for managing CKD at the state and national level.

"Until now, there has been no surveillance system for Chronic Kidney Disease to take snapshots of the health outcomes of the American population," said Joseph Vassalotti, MD, National Kidney Foundation Chief Medical Officer. "This is a step forward to increase awareness of chronic kidney disease as a major public health problem among clinicians, clinical researchers, public health officials and policy makers."

In addition to CDC experts, the project is supported by research teams led by Dr. Neil Powe of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Dr. Rajiv Saran of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

"We're trying to document how CKD is changing over time in the United States," said Annie Rein-Weston, the project's UCSF-based research analyst. "We're tracking multiple aspects of CKD from disparate data sources over time to gauge which aspects of CKD are improving and which aspects could use more attention. Hopefully this will help focus policy changes."

Over time, the surveillance system will provide the means for evaluating, monitoring and implementing health policy and healthcare delivery system efforts by both federal and nonfederal organizations.

While excitement has been building around the surveillance system since its unveiling late in 2012, this will be the first time that the CDC provides hands-on training to doctors, researchers, NKF partners and conference participants on how to utilize the system to its full capacity.

Highlights of the system include:

  • Customizable graphics and maps of CKD surveillance data that can be used in publications, grant applications, reports and articles
  • An interactive application to view US trends by age, sex or race
  • Access to fast facts and US data tables
  • Data for monitoring health trends in health consequences and more

"The development of this system is an ongoing process that will grow as new topics, needs and trends are identified," said Rein-Weston. "Eventually, the hope is for the surveillance system to present more granular data on the local level."

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families and tens of millions of Americans at risk. For more information, visit