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Pharmacy company Walgreens Boots Alliance and Microsoft announced seven-year partnership to research and develop digital healthcare services

February 13, 2019

Briefing:
  • Healthcare Partnership – Pharmacy chain Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) and Microsoft Corp. entered into seven-year partnership that will see both companies collaborate on digital healthcare solutions research
  • Ultimate Goals – Include improving medication adherence, reducing emergency room visits, and decreasing hospital readmissions
  • Enabling Technologies – Will leverage data analytics, cloud computing through Microsoft Azure, artificial intelligence (AI), and Microsoft 365 productivity suite
  • Merchandizing – WBA will establish up to 12 “digital health corners” that will showcase select health care-related hardware and devices in stores
  • Sample Applications – Include solutions that help patients to manage chronic and non-chronic disease, as well as establish digital health ecosystem connecting consumers, providers, pharmacists, and manufacturers

Image Source: Microsoft News Center

Image Source: Microsoft News Center

Market Disruption: Innovation Partnerships
Business Model and Practices: Innovative Partnerships
Sector: Healthcare/Health Sciences
Organization: Walgreen Company

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