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Coalition of the Willing
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The ECHAlliance Coalition of the Willing (CW) are coming together to work together to deliver the changes needed across Europe that will ultimately deliver improved, sustainable health and care services, improve the wellbeing of our people and  ultimately support the successful implementation of  the Triple Win for Europe. 


To deliver the Triple Win for Europe, set out by the European Commission to:

> Improve the health and quality of life of Europeans;
> Support the long-term sustainability and efficiency of health and social care systems;
> Enhance the competitiveness of EU industry through business and expansion in new markets.

There is a need for organizations to come together to collaborate and share knowledge and expertise to enhance their effectiveness. Scaling up innovation (including technologies, digital solutions and service redesign) to improve people’s health, care and well-being, can create healthy communities, support the sustainability of the health and care sector and drive economic growth.

The issue of incentives and levers for change as well as the recognition of bottlenecks and barriers will be a part of that process. The intention is to develop an action plan, built in partnership that will commit the core partner organisations to an agreed number of actions that will set us on a journey towards achieving this goal. We will do this by recognising all the assets that the individual partners can activate. We will look to share knowledge, information and intelligence, influence policy development, strengthen the innovation cycle (from invention through to adoption and scaling up) and continue to grow ecosystems across Europe that will act as engine rooms for change. 

These activities will help to secure safe, effective and sustainable health and care across Europe. Through the appropriate use of new digital tools and services, we will look to better connect people to their communities and allow them to continue to live at home for as long as they want to. 


CW Partners:

The ECHAllliance Coalition of the Willing is about making real things happen, that's why these four organisations have come together, they all share the same frustration of too much talk not enough action


From its inception, Coral has been an informal network of collaborating partners. Its membership of regions has grown steadily in size and diversity.

The Coral network currently comprises 38 regions from across Europe. It has built a reputation as a leading network with expertise in innovation for active, healthy and independent living - recognising that effective outcomes require a focus across the life cycle and not just  on “older people”. In supporting and driving the scaling-up of innovative solutions for health, care and well-being, Coral’s mission focuses on addressing health and care challenges through a comprehensive approach that builds on its expertise in healthy ageing and independent living whilst also embracing the health and care dimensions and potential of innovative solutions within other policy and practice spheres- such as those focusing on smarter environments, housing/homes and mobility/travel.

Coral’s vision is to be a catalyst and enabler of innovative solutions that will improve people’s health, care and well-being, create healthy communities, support the sustainability of the health and care sector and drive economic growth.

Coral’s primary aim is to drive the scaling-up of innovative solutions for health, care and well-being across all ages and sections of society.  To achieve this overall aim, Coral places mutual learning, knowledge transfer and building demand activities at the heart of its approach.


EUREGHA is a Brussels based reference network of European Regional and local health authorities. Our mission is to promote collaboration amongst regional and local health authorities in Europe, within the framework of policies relating to public health and health care, as well as to establish focused collaboration with institutions of the EU and other relevant stakeholders.

EUREGHA was established in 2012 by the following founding member regions: Catalonia (ES), East of England (UK), Flanders (BE), Lower Austria (AT), North of England EU Health Partnership (UK), Podlaskie (PL), Skåne (SE), Veneto (IT) and Västra Gotäland (SE). Since the foundation, Emilia-Romagna (IT), the German speaking community of Belgium (BE), Languedoc-Roussillon (FR), Limburg (NE), Region Östergötland (SE), Scotland (UK), Tuscany Region (IT), Vysočina Region (CZ) and Wales (UK) have joined the network. 

Active participation in EUREGHA has put many of its members at the frontline and increased their engagement at the EU level. Participation in EU projects, Joint Actions, the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, and having a key role as the Secretariat of the Interregional Group on Health and Wellbeing of the Committee of the Regions are only a few tangible examples of where EUREGHA is involved.

EUREGHA brings a critical mass of knowledge and expertise, and encourages diversity with the purpose of “Bringing Regional and Local Authorities together for Better Health”.


Reference Site Collaborative Network: The Reference Site Collaborate Network (RSCN) brings together all European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing Reference Sites, and Candidate Reference Sites, across Europe into a single forum to promote cooperation; and develop and promote areas of innovative good practice and solutions, which contribute to improved health and care outcomes for citizens across Europe, and the development of sustainable economic growth and the creation of jobs.

RSCN facilitates Reference Sites to:

  • Share experiences in developing Health and Care strategies and policies, and service delivery models with a view to developing agreed evidence based best practice approaches across Reference Sites and regions.
  • Learn from each other by promoting “Twinning” events and sharing of information on best practice.
  • Identify opportunities where the development of innovative approaches and solutions can contribute to improved health and care outcomes for citizens and sustainable economic growth.
  • develop existing and new collaborations with others in the Reference Site Collaborative Network where there were shared objectives and common areas of interest in order to identify suitable projects where solution development was required
  • Develop partnerships for joint projects, funded through Reference Sites internal arrangements and through European funds. Including Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative solutions (PPI) initiatives.
  • Work with Regions looking to develop new Reference Sites through sharing with them the knowledge and expertise of existing Reference Sites.
  • Communicate a Reference Site perspective on health and care issues and provide assistance to the European Commission in the process of developing new policies, programs and initiatives within the EIP – AHA objectives.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other forums in Europe where there are mutual benefits to the respective organisations

CW Team:

CW's Chair: Professor George Crooks OBE MBChB FRCP FRCGP is currently the Chief Executive of the Digital Health and Care Institute, Scotland’s national innovation centre for digital health and care. He leads an organisation that is tasked with delivering innovation in digital health and care that will help Scotland’s people to live longer, healthier lives and create new jobs for the economy. DHI provides opportunities for Scotland’s public sector, academia, charities and industry to co-design digital solutions to some of the country’s biggest health and care challenges. Read more here

CW's Deputy Chair: Joan Cornet, Technical Engineer, and Graduate in Psychology. After working as a Clinical Psychologist in a General Hospital, in 1979, he was elected mayor of Manresa (Spain). In 1988 he began his career as civil servant in the European Commission in Brussels, where amongst other projects he led EURES employment network. From 1994 to 1999 he was Secretary General of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament. In June of 2004 he was named General Secretary of the Department of Health of the Government of Catalunya. In September 2005 the Government requested that he start up the “Bioregion of Catalonia” (Biotechnology) and from January 2007 to May 2013 has been CEO of TicSalut Foundation (ICT Health).from the till April 2017 has been Director of “mHealth” at Mobile World Capital Barcelona. Read more here


*Download presentations of the session "Launch of the ECHAlliance Coalition of the Willing" during the eHealth week 2017 in Malta.
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