IT Students Redesign National Kidney Foundation Website

Posted by on April 26, 2012

Students presented their ideas for the website to Kristin Bellows, Division Program Manager with National Kidney Foundation

Minnesota School of Business, Blaine campus’s User Interface Design class worked with National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to redesign the organization’s website, creating a more easily managed registration system for users. This project gave students practical experience working with a real client to improve an aspect of a business.

NKF is a nonprofit health organization that works to improve the health of individuals affected by kidney or urinary tract diseases. The organization also works to increase the availability of organs for transplantation.

Kristin Bellows, Division Program Manager with NKF, expressed her desire for a more streamlined process for scheduling Kidney Early Evaluation Program screenings on the NKF website.  The current system requires a significant amount of time for staff, manually scheduling and following up with patients regarding appointments.

The students, under the instruction of John Daley, IT Program Chair, designed a system that allows users to log in and register to see if they are qualified to schedule an appointment with NKF. If they are qualified, they have the ability to schedule, cancel, or reschedule their appointment. Website users would also have the option to donate or contact the foundation with questions.

“This experience taught us how to work as a development team in order to produce a front-end website that met the customer’s needs,” said Susan Holt, a student in the class.

“It’s been great working with the class,” said Kristin. “I’m looking forward to presenting this to our headquarters for possible future implementation, both locally and nation-wide.”

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