Colene Byrne

Senior Research Analyst

Colene Byrne


  • PhD, Information Sciences, SUNY Albany
  • MA, Community Psychology/Applied Evaluation, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, Psychology, University of New Hampshire
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Colene Byrne is an expert in patient/resident assessment-based and electronic health record-based quality measures in post-acute care (PAC) and long-term care (LTC), as well as health-information exchange (HIE) systems and their impacts.  At RTI, Dr. Byrne serves as a PAC quality measure lead, leading the development of a new measure related to the transfer of health information and care preferences at transitions. She is also the implementation evaluation lead for two CMS Health Care Innovation awardees with strong health IT components to their projects. Dr. Byrne previously served on an RTI team to assess the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health IT systems and strategies.   

Prior to joining RTI, Dr. Byrne led work on a technical report for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation on the state of HIE to support PAC/LTC, and also led an HIE evaluation of the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record Health Initiative in 12 pilot communities for the VA. Before that, she was an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, and held appointments as lecturer with the State University of New York’s Master of Business Administration IT Management Program and School of Public Health. Dr. Byrne has published her work in Health Affairs, Journal of the American Medical Association, The International Journal of Medical Informatics, and various other journals.