Dr. Clemens Martin Auer, born in Lower Austria, is one of the most distinguished Austrian health experts. In his function as head of division at the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection (BMASGK), he has been responsible for the healthcare system and its central co-ordination since 2005. Being Austria's highest-ranking health official, he played a leading role in the healthcare reforms of recent years, for example in the introduction of the electronic health records ELGA. He sees himself as a change manager and considers standards to be "the key to interoperable ECO systems in which there are no proprietary 'silos' anymore."
Owing to his enormous experience in dealing with diverse players and structures as well as his openness and reliability, Auer is a renowned expert both at the national and international level. At present, the graduate philosopher and political scientist serves as the president of the European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) and is involved in the management of the Austrian Federal Health Agency. In autumn 2018, Clemens Martin Auer was appointed special representative for health at the BMASGK. He has been a member of the Presidential Council of Austrian Standards since the beginning of 2018.