Companies will be flocking to Plymouth from across the entire region next Thursday 27 September to join us in celebrating all things digital, including the Best in Health Tech award. The innovative and inspiring nominees for the Best in Health category will be recognised in front of guests at the inaugural South West Digital Awards – held at the School of Creative Arts.

Health-focused businesses are featured across the awards, with a health tech specific award and nominations in other, less specialised categories. The judging panel also features Sentinel Healthcare Strategic Director, Roland Gude. Notably, the Best in Health Tech (sponsored by Novate IT) highlights three companies from across the South West that are making waves in their respective sectors.

The three nominees are:

  • Bodmin-based Microtest, for its secure, web-based patient record sharing solution, Guru. The software has been adopted by the NHS, with 800,000+ patient records from Devon & Cornwall already on the system and the company recently announced its status as Preferred Vendor for NHS Wales, with 100s of GP practices already migrating to Guru.
  • Ultramed, for its MyPreOp software. The platform has also been shortlisted in the Software of the Year category, recognising the development agency behind the project, Buzz Interactive. The software is an online health record that is generated and owned by the patient.  It is hosted in the Cloud and shared with the healthcare provider via a dedicated email address.   This approach frees PreOp Assessment clinical staff from gathering health data, allowing them to review patients more quickly and focus on patients with complex needs. 
  • Open Bionics, based in Bristol, which produces the world’s first clinically tested, medically certified and FDA registered 3D printed bionic arms. The company is “on a mission to make beautiful bionic limbs more accessible”. Hero Arm is the most affordable multi-grip bionic arm ever, less than half the price of its nearest competitor. Each Hero Arm is custom-built, and for the first time ever is available for upper limb amputees as young as nine.

Category sponsor Novate IT recognises the worldwide impact that healthcare-focused businesses can have, saying:

Whilst companies in the digital sector are developing truly ground-breaking and useful technology in a multitude of ways, it’s the health-tech sector that has the power to develop solutions that can improve the lives of all.”



The South West Digital Awards were created to shine a light on an often-neglected region and encourage and reward its industry-first products, outstanding development work and exceptional digital campaigns. As well as a selection of innovative companies and individuals, the nominees feature businesses, organisations and individuals from the depths of Cornwall, all the way up to those disrupting the hubs of Bristol & Bath.