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School of Public Health

James D. Ralston

Affiliate Associate Professor, Health Services
Affiliate Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education

Associate Investigator
Group Health Cooperative,
Research Institute


MPH   University of Washington, 2003   (Health Services)
MD   University of Washington, 1994   (Medicine)
BA   Stanford University, 1988   (Classics)

Contact Info


Group Health Research Institute
1730 Minor Ave, Suite 1600
Seattle, WA 98101-1448

voice:   206-287-2076
fax:   206-287-2871

Electronic tools to improve health

Blondon KS, Hebert PL, Ralston JD. An exploration of the potential reach of smartphones in diabetes. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2014 Nov 14;2014:289-96. eCollection 2014.  PMID: 25954331    PMCID: PMC4419894

Fishman PA, Cook AJ, Anderson ML, Ralston JD, Catz SL, Carrell D, Carlson J, Green BB. Improving BP control through electronic communications: an economic evaluation. Am J Manag Care. 2013 Sep;19(9):709-16.  PMID: 24304254    PMCID: PMC3938103

Grembowski D, Anderson ML, Ralston JD, Martin DP, Reid R. Does a large-scale organizational transformation toward patient-centered access change the utilization and costs of care for patients with diabetes? Med Care Res Rev. 2012 Oct;69(5):519-39. doi: 10.1177/1077558712446705. Epub 2012 May 31.  PMID: 22653416

Lyles CR, Harris LT, Jordan L, Grothaus L, Wehnes L, Reid RJ, Ralston JD. Patient race/ethnicity and shared medical record use among diabetes patients. Med Care. 2012 May;50(5):434-40.  PMID: 22354209

Jackson GL, Krein SL, Alverson DC, Darkins AW, Gunnar W, Harada ND, Helfrich CD, Houston TK, Klobucar TF, Nazi KM, Poropatich RK, Ralston JD, Bosworth HB. Defining core issues in utilizing information technology to improve access: evaluation and research agenda. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Nov;26 Suppl 2:623-7.  PMID: 21989613

Chair, dissertation committee for Katherine Blondon
The potential of improving care in diabetes through mobile devices, patient empowerment and financial incentives

Chair, dissertation committee for Lynne Harris
Electronic patient-provider communication in diabetes care