Medical imaging platform wins AIIA’s Startup of the Year iAward

James Riley
Editorial Director

A cloud-based medical imaging startup from Canberra has been named Startup of the Year at the Australian Information Industry Association’s annual iAwards program.

Aurabox was founded by chief executive Chaturica Athukorala and chief technology officer Christopher Skene in 2021 as a patient-centric diagnostic platform that gives doctors a single point of access to important patient information, including a complete medical imaging history.

The Startup of the Year award was one of ten categories announced as part of the 29th edition of the annual iAwards gala.

Other winners included a Government and Public Sector Solution of the Year award to the Women and Children’s Hospital in South Australia for its Child and Adolescent Virtual Urgent Care Service, while procurement outfit ProcurePro won technology Platform Solution of the Year.

The Child and Adolescent Virtual Urgent Care Service lets consumers initiate their first contact with a clinician from home and to receive expert clinical advice on where to go for care and when.

Aurabox co-founder Dr Chaturica Athukorala

The ProcurePro platform is for primary contractors in the construction industry and fills the digital void between tendering and commitments. ProcurePro provides visibility, controls, consistency and efficiencies to the highly manual subcontractor procurement process, improving supply chain management and commercial outcomes on construction projects.

AIIA chief executive Simon Bush said the iAwards recognised Australian innovators and promoted excellence in the Australian digital technology ecosystem.

“Our judging panel were incredibly impressed by the ideas and development of the brilliant innovations that cover vastly different sectors,” Mr Bush said.

“The importance of digital innovation across these sectors was a highlight, demonstrating the possibilities tech innovation offers to develop and improve products and service delivery.”

A popular winner on the night was for the Victorian Government Inspiration Award, which went to the Marble Bar Primary School in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. The award was for Marble Bar Virtual Worlds, a VR showcasing the area’s Nyamal Culture, opening a door to the East Pilbara’s rich Indigenous cultures locally and globally.

The AIIA said the Marble Bar innovation exemplifies collaborative partnerships between elders, students, community and industry leaders including CSIRO, BHP, Atlas Iron, Roy Hill, Australian Schools Plus and Horizon Power.

The full list of 2022 iAwards winners by category were:

  • Government & Public Sector Solution of the Year – Winner: Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Innovation: Child and Adolescent Virtual Urgent Care Service
  • Technology Platform Solution of the Year – Winner: ProcurePro. Innovation: ProcurePro
  • Education & Student Solution of the Year – Winner: Little Butterflies – Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead. Innovation: HackR
  • Not for Profit & Community Solution of the Year – Winner: Neurotologix. Innovation: Remote Patient Monitor to Diagnose Dizziness/Vertigo
  • Startup of the Year – Winner: Aurabox. Innovation: Aurabox
  • Sustainability & Environmental Solution of the Year – Winner: SiteHive. Innovation: Sitehive Real-Time Environmental Management
  • Business & Industry Solution of the Year – Winner: Pivot Maritime International. Innovation: Pivot Maritime International
  • Chief Judges Innovation Awards – Innovation: Lenexa Medical Pressure Injury Management System
  • Victorian Government Inspiration Award – Winner: Department of Education Marble Bar Primary School. Innovation: Marble Bar Virtual Worlds
  • People’s Choice Award – Winners: Terra Symposium and Two Bulls & Service Victoria’s Service Vic Mobile App

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