Microsoft could bolster Cloud for Healthcare with purchase of AI firm Nuance: Report

April 11 2021

Update: Microsoft has confirmed the acquisition of Nuance Communications in an all-cash transaction valued at $19.7 billion.

Microsoft is in talks to buy Nuance Communications, makers of artificial intelligence and speech recognition software, according to a report from Bloomberg.

If an agreement is reached, it could reportedly value the publicly-traded Nuance at approximately $16B.

Microsoft and Nuance already partner together and have found ways to bring Nuance solutions into Microsoft's latest industry strategy.

Nuance’s Dragon Ambient eXperience (DAX) integrates with Microsoft Teams, which Microsoft classifies under its Cloud for Healthcare solution suite. In 2019, the companies announced plans to work on "ambient intelligent solutions" for doctors in exam rooms related to sensor data, AI, and access to data.

Nuance offers a range of healthcare-related products including AI solutions and services and a customer engagement suite covering sales and service. They also sell the Dragon speech recognition solutions for consumers and industry.

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