James Blasingame is an orthopedic surgeon from Kalispell, Montana who has had a long-standing
interest in quality improvement and clinical efficiency. These interests led to his involvement in the field
of clinical patient-data-capture aimed at improving office visit efficiency and clinical decision-making. He was the medical lead in the development of Chart Builder, a system for capturing condition-specific and general past medical histories from patients before office visits. The data pre-populates the medical chart, improving the office visit for both the patient and physician.
Dr. Blasingame attended undergraduate school at The University of Wisconsin in Madison and medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his surgical training at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and was in private practice at Scripps Memorial Hospital for 25 years. While in private practice he was on the volunteer faculty at UCSD as an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery. He moved to Montana when asked to start a regional orthopedic surgery group for Kalispell Regional Medical Center.