Case Western Reserve University recognized as 2023 Microsoft Mixed Reality Partner of the Year

health care students using holo anatomy software

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) today announced it has won the 2023 Microsoft Mixed Reality Partner of the Year Award. CWRU and licensing partner Ilumis were honored among a global field for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer-solutions based on Microsoft technology.

“From the first moment we saw HoloLens, we knew mixed reality would be a transformational education tool, and we welcome this acknowledgement of the hard work our team put into envisioning, developing and deploying the HoloAnatomy® Software Suite,” said Mark Griswold, professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Mark Griswold

Griswold is also faculty director of the university’s Interactive Commons, where the software was developed by an internal team of programmers and 3D artists in collaboration with anatomy experts.

“We’re confident this immersive learning platform will forever change the way students learn the fundamentals of anatomy,” he said.

HoloAnatomy software is already in use by a rapidly expanding network of more than 20 institutions—including Northwestern and Texas Christian University—to attract tech-savvy students, save budgets for more pressing expenditures and provide a more engaging, effective educational experience.

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered outstanding Microsoft-based applications, services and devices. Awards were classified in various categories, with honorees chosen from a set of more than 4,200 submitted nominations from more than 100 countries.

Case Western Reserve was recognized for providing an outstanding mixed-reality solution in the form of the HoloAnatomy learning platform.

“Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2023 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards!” said Nicole Dezen, chief partner officer and corporate vice president of global partner solutions at Microsoft. “The innovative new solutions and services that positively impact customers and enable digital transformation from this year’s winners demonstrate the best of what’s possible with the Microsoft Cloud.”

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards are announced annually before the company’s global partner conference, Microsoft Inspire, July 18–19. More about the 2023 awards is available on the Microsoft Partner blogView the complete list of categories, winners and finalists.

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This article was originally published June 27, 2023.