Walgreens brings in Microsoft to help improve care

Walgreens, Microsoft team up to improve care, as more companies seek ways to manage patient health, cut costs and improve quality

The companies said Tuesday that they will work to improve care in part by using patient information and the Walgreens store network. The companies will aim to boost prescription adherence, cut down on emergency room visits and decrease hospital admissions.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Microsft Corp. didn't detail financial terms of their collaboration or how much they will spend on research.

Insurers and care providers are shifting their focus more toward managing care and keeping patients healthy instead of waiting to treat them when they become sick. Walgreens rival CVS Health Corp. and the insurer Cigna are using multi-billion-dollar acquisitions to fuel this shift.