• Microsoft is looking to link up cloud computing and AI through an initiative called Healthcare NExT, which “will deeply integrate greenfield research and health technology product development, as well as establish a new model at Microsoft for strategic health industry partnerships.” Initial partners include University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, for a project focusing on clinician empowerment and productivity through “reducing the burden of electronic paperwork,” a collaboration with HealthVault on an adherence initiative, and a partnership th MDLive to use Microsoft’s chatbot tech “to help patients self-triage injuries before they interact with a doctor via health video” (more on that effort, and Microsoft’s checkered history in health tech, here).
  • Pfizer continues to tend its suite of apps, and is preparing to launch a chronic pain tracker dubbed BeLive, which the WSJ calls “one in a series of mobile and wearable technologies aimed at consumers instead of Pfizer’s usual customer base of doctors and health-care providers.”

 

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