ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The federal government has awarded an $8.5 million, five-year contract to the University of Michigan's Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center to coordinate the United States Renal Data System. The national data system collects, analyzes and distributes information about patients with chronic kidney disease.
The university announced the contract Thursday, saying that about 13 percent of Americans have chronic kidney disease. It says that each year, 100,000 Americans develop end-stage kidney disease that requires dialysis or a kidney transplant.
The coordinating center works with the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide a range of data services.
Online: United States Renal Data System: http://www.usrds.org