Dr. AUER Clemens Martin
From March 2003 to January 2007 Head of the Cabinet of the former Minister of Health, Mrs. Maria Rauch-Kallat, and since September 2005 Director-General at the Federal Ministry of Health, responsible for the health system (health care planning, funding and quality) and general management (staff and budget). One of the key areas of his strategic work is eHealth, the “electronic health record” (ELGA) in Austria. Being the coordinator of the EU-eHealth Governance Initiative, Dr. Auer is responsible for the strategic orientation of the Member States’ joint eHealth policy. Since 2003 he has been playing a central role at all stages of the Austrian health care reform process (inter alia drug reimbursement, organizational and funding reforms, establishing and expanding a new agency for the marketing authorization of drugs, reforms in the area of social health insurance et cetera).