Sydney-based company Harrison.ai has won the InnovationAus 2023 Award for Excellence in Health Tech for its use of artificial intelligence to provide a second set of eyes for doctors and clinicians around the world.
The InnovationAus 2023 Awards for Excellence were presented on Wednesday night at a Black-Tie gala dinner at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney.
The Health Tech Award was presented on the night by New South Wales Member for Strathfield and Assistant Speaker Jason Yat-Sen Li.
The pandemic has thrown a spotlight on the importance of technological innovations in health, and there has never been more opportunities and funding for startups operating in the space.
Harrison.Ai communications manager Audrey Greening received the award and said she felt “a little overwhelmed to be honest”.
“I am so, proud. I’m here on behalf of Dr Aengus Tran and Dimitry Tran who founded this company in 2018, five years ago. We’ve just really taken off since then,” Ms Greening said.
The onset of the pandemic saw the rapid adoption of telehealth, and demonstrated that the government is able to quickly regulate and cut red tape to facilitate innovative solutions that make it easier for everyone to access adequate healthcare.
The Health Tech category celebrated Australian companies with groundbreaking innovations that are helping to save lives and improve the way of life for countless people around the world.
Harrison.ai took out the award for its tool that uses artificial intelligence to improve the accuracy and efficiency of medical diagnostics, with an aim of improving patient outcomes around the world and freeing up the time of clinicians.
The company was founded in 2018 by brothers Dr Aengus Tran and Dimitry Tran. Through partnerships with I-MED and Sonic Healthcare, they have built Annalise.ai and Franklin.ai to help address challenges in the radiology and pathology fields.
Annalise.ai has initially focused on chest x-rays and CT scans. An associated AI clinical decision-support solution, Annalise Enterprise CXR, assists clinicians in interpreting chest x-rays, one of the most commonly performed patient examinations.
Annalise Enterprise CXR can detect 124 findings in just 10 seconds, taking some of the pressure off clinicians and improving health results for individuals.
The tool can quickly detect conditions such as trauma, cancer and heart disease after being trained on a dataset of 520,000 chest x-ray studies comprising 820,000 x-rays from Australia and around the world.
Its studies have found that 90 per cent of radiologists said that the use of Harrison.ai’s tools increased the accuracy of their diagnosing of health conditions, and reduced the time they spent on each person by 12 per cent.
It has quickly expanded around the country and the world, with one in four Australian radiologists now having access to its chest x-ray platform.
In the last year alone, Harrison.ai has processed nearly 2 million x-rays in Australia. Ms Greening told InnovationAus.com that the goal of Harrison.Ai “is to scale the global capacity of the healthcare system, using AI to really elevate the care that clinicians can provide”.
“Using AI technology, not only can we make it more available to different countries, but also make it more efficient for supporting our clinicians as well,” Ms Greening said.
“In Australia, we encourage competition because that’s the best products get to market so we’re totally on board with competition and looking to really improve the world the best way.”
The InnovationAus 2023 Awards for Excellence are proudly supported by Investment NSW, AusIndustry, Australian Computer Society, Technology Council of Australia, Agile Digital, CSIRO, TechnologyOne, IP Australia, METS Ignited and Q-CTRL.
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