Walmart and Microsoft to buy remote patient monitor

Walmart will buy a software company that develops technology to monitor and analyze a remote patient’s health, including for cancer treatment, the company announced Thursday.

Microsoft’s technology will help monitor the health of up to 300,000 people and save up to $2 billion per year.

The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2019. 

Walmart said it will be able to access a growing amount of data about the health and well-being of patients, including location, age, race, gender, income and income level. 

Microsoft’s new technology is a key component of Microsoft’s effort to help doctors better monitor their patients and more easily detect diseases like cancer, said Paul Marcy, vice president of Microsoft Research. 

“We see the data and the data is extremely valuable,” Marcy said.

“That’s why we’re excited about this partnership.

The benefits to the healthcare community are significant.”

Microsoft’s healthcare software has been used by more than 6.3 million doctors and hospitals to monitor patients, monitor progress toward treatment and track how patients are progressing through their illness. 

The company has also been working to make its data more accessible to consumers. 

In April, it announced a partnership with the nonprofit group Public Citizen to make it easier to access data on its customers’ medical records and healthcare.com, its online shopping portal.

The deal with Microsoft, which is based in Redmond, Wash., comes as the tech giant continues to be a target of criticism for its use of its proprietary software, known as Windows, to monitor customers. 

Last month, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Microsoft had violated antitrust laws by using Windows to monitor consumers’ private data.