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Microsoft today announced its partnership with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) to develop new health care delivery models, technology and retail solutions to improve the future of health care.
As part of this partnership, Microsoft and Walgreens have agreed for a multiyear research and development (R&D) investment to build health care solutions. Microsoft and Walgreens will also explore the possibilities to build joint innovation centers in key markets. In addition, Walgreens will pilot up to 12 store-in-store “digital health corners” in 2019 aimed at the merchandising and sale of select health care-related hardware and devices.
Finally, Walgreens plans to migrate the majority of its IT infrastructure onto Microsoft Azure. It will also deploy Microsoft 365 to more than 380,000 employees and stores globally.
“Improving health outcomes while lowering the cost of care is a complex challenge that requires broad collaboration and strong partnership between the health care and tech industries,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Together with Walgreens Boots Alliance, we aim to deliver on this promise by putting people at the center of their health and wellness, combining the power of the Azure cloud and AI technology and Microsoft 365 with Walgreens Boots Alliance’s deep expertise and commitment to helping communities around the world lead healthier and happier lives.”
You can learn more about this partnership here.