Nuance is a leader in healthcare artificial intelligence. Paired with the Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare, introduced in 2020, Microsoft could make a big push into the health care software business.
The deal represents the second-largest acquisition by Microsoft, behind LinkedIn.
“AI is technology’s most important priority, and healthcare is its most urgent application,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a statement. “Together, with our partner ecosystem, we will put advanced AI solutions into the hands of professionals everywhere to drive better decision-making and create more meaningful connections, as we accelerate growth of Microsoft Cloud in Healthcare and Nuance.”
Mark Benjamin will remain CEO of Nuance, the companies announced.
— CNN Business’ Rob McLean contributed to this report.