Microsoft, Wal-Mart and Walmart are planning to merge their respective in-houses in the coming years.
Microsoft’s in-sales department, which currently includes dentists, plans to combine with the dental company to become the combined entity, according to a report from Bloomberg.
In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Microsoft said it expects to combine its dental business with its pharmaceutical business in 2020.
The combined entity will provide a new provider of dental services in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and pharmacy sectors, and also offer dental care in a broader variety of geographic areas, including dental rehabilitation centers and home health services.
The move is expected to be completed in 2020, and the deal is expected not to be subject to regulatory approval.
“Microsoft’s dental business is one of the largest in-service dentistry in the world,” Jeff Steinberg, a vice president of global operations at Wal-Marts’ pharmacy group, told Bloomberg.
“We’re pleased to partner with Microsoft to expand and enhance our dental and pharmacy offerings in a variety of markets across the world.”
The news comes as the tech industry continues to grapple with its biggest threat to the industry, which has been a rise in the use of tablets and devices in healthcare and other settings.
As the industry seeks to regain some control over the digital era, it is increasingly looking to provide the best possible health care to its patients, with a focus on preventing and managing disease.