Leigh Burchell

Burchell leads the Policy & Government Affairs function for Allscripts, including legislative advocacy and regulatory response.  Her role includes speaking on behalf of the company’s more than 70,000 ambulatory practices and 2,400 hospitals to ensure that new legislation and administrative policies are supportive of the most efficient paths towards healthcare improvement. She is focused on the best way to maximize the volumes of data captured in health IT, including topics such as interoperability, public health surveillance, chronic care management, and patient data ownership. She joined in Allscripts 2000.

Burchell is active in many collaborative industry organizations, serving as:

  • a recent Chair of the Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA), current Chair of both the Association’s Public Policy Leadership Workgroup and Opioid Crisis Task Force, and an ex officio member of the Executive Committee;
  • the EHRA’s designated representative to the HIMSS Public Policy Committee; and
  • a current Member of the Leadership Council and Chair Emeritus of the Policy Steering Committee for the eHealth Initiative.

Previously Burchell served as Vice Chair of the HIMSS Government Relations Roundtable, an elected member of the HIMSS Nominating Committee, a member of the recently concluded AHRQ-funded Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support Learning Network, and Vice-Chair of the Health Information Technology Workgroup within TechAmerica.

Before assuming her current role in the company, Burchell was the Executive Director of an Allscripts organization focused on the collection of best practices and dissemination of thought leadership materials on practical EHR adoption and sustainable health information exchange.  

Prior to Allscripts, Burchell worked for a major Connecticut health plan  managing a preventive medicine patient engagement initiative focused on increasing member engagement with chronic disease management.  She also oversaw promotion of the country’s first alternative medicine program to be launched by an insurer. 

Burchell graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, with a Bachelor of Arts in Constitutional History.