Walgreens is teaming up with Microsoft to build up its digital health offerings. In the new, seven-year partnership, Microsoft will provide cloud services to Walgreens and the pharmacy will store its data on Microsoft’s platform, taking advantage of the tech giant’s analytic capabilities. Ultimately, the two companies are aiming to use these tools to increase access to telehealth services, improve medication adherence, and reduce emergency room visits.
Walgreens will pilot the digital health program in up to 12 stores. The in-store pharmacies will focus on delivering preventive care and personalized treatment to patients with chronic illnesses. Customers will also be able to purchase hardware and devices related to health care.
The pharmacy giant hopes to compete with CVS Health, which recently acquired health insurer Aetna to build similar data-driven tools, and Amazon, which bought online pharmacy PillPack to carve out a share of the pharmacy business for itself.
Source: STAT News, January 15, 2019.