James Ralston MD, MPH, is an internal medicine physician and senior investigator in health services and health informatics. His research mission is improving the health and care of patients living with common ongoing illnesses. His current areas of emphasis include understanding and honoring the priorities of patients living with multiple chronic conditions.
Dr. Ralston’s research focuses on developing and evaluating communication technologies that foster continuous care and a closer connection between patients and primary care teams. His commitment to finding effective ways to redesign care spans all stages of research, from project development to complete translation of results into clinical practice.
Examples of Dr. Ralston’s research projects include:
Dr. Ralston is also a University of Washington affiliate professor in health services and biomedical informatics, where he serves on the committees of PhD and master’s degree students.
Arsand E, Tufano JT, Ralston JD, Hjortdahl P. Designing mobile dietary management support technologies for people with diabetes. J Telemed Telecare. 2008;14(7):329-32. PubMed
Green BB, Ralston JD, Fishman PA, Catz SL, Cook A, Carlson J, Tyll L, Carrell D, Thompson RS. Electronic communications and home blood pressure monitoring (e-BP) study: design, delivery, and evaluation framework. Contemp Clin Trials. 2008;29(3):376-95. Epub 2007 Sep 26. PubMed
Ralston JD, Carrell D, Reid R, Anderson M, Moran M, Hereford J. Patient web services integrated with a shared medical record: patient use and satisfaction. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2007;14(6):798-806. Epub 2007 Aug 21. PubMed
Carrell D, Ralston J. Variation in adoption rates of a patient web portal with a shared medical record by age, gender, and morbidity level. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2006;871. PubMed
Ralston J, Carrell D. Use and satisfaction of a patient Web portal with a shared medical record between patients and providers. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2006;1070. PubMed
Greene SM, Larson EB, Boudreau DM, Johnson K, Ralston J, Reid R, Fishman P. The Coordinated Clinical Studies Network: a multidisciplinary alliance to facilitate research and improve care. The Permanente Journal. 2005;95(4):33-5.
Ralston JD, Larson EB. Crossing to safety: transforming healthcare organizations for patient safety. J Postgrad Med. 2005;51(1):61-7. PubMed
Carrell D, Ralston J. Messages, strands and threads: measuring use of electronic patient-provider messaging. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2005;913. PubMed
Hislop TG, Teh C, Lai A, Ralston JD, Shu J, Taylor VM. Pap screening and knowledge of risk factors for cervical cancer in Chinese women in British Columbia, Canada. Ethn Health. 2004;9(3):267-81. PubMed
Ralston JD, Revere D, Robins LS, Goldberg HI. Patients' experience with a diabetes support programme based on an interactive electronic medical record: qualitative study. BMJ. 2004;328(7449):1159. PubMed
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