Healthtech companies flock to Plymouth for digital awards

Healthtech companies across the South West are heading to Plymouth for an event which aims to celebrate the achievements being made within digital health.

Next week, the South West Digital Awards will be held at Plymouth’s School of Creative Arts to reward outstanding businesses across 10 digital-focused categories.

A number of digital health businesses have been nominated for the Best in Health Tech award, with winners being revealed at the show’s award ceremony, taking place on 27 September.

Three companies from the South West have been nominated for the Best in Health Tech Award, including:

  • 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 hundreds of GP practices already migrating to Guru.
  • Ultramed, for its ‘MyPreOp’ software. This has also been shortlisted in the Software of the Year category, recognising the development agency behind the project, Buzz Interactive.
  • Open Bionics, based in Bristol, which produces the world’s first clinically tested, medically certified and FDA registered 3D printed bionic arms.

Ultramed’s Lindsey Davies discussed the challenges healthcare companies are having to overcome in the South West, saying: “The problems we face are primarily with the reluctance of potential customers to adopt new ways of working, in particular digital health records.  We’re overcoming this by providing a high level of on-site and remote support throughout implementation and beyond, to ensure new processes associated with the programs are thoroughly embedded and that the associated benefits are fully realised.”

Sponsor of the Best in Health Tech category, Novate IT, stated: “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.”

Reece Armstrong is a reporter for Digital Health Age. Coming from the North East of England, Reece has an MA in Media & Journalism and a BA in Popular & Contemporary Music from Newcastle University. Reach him on Twitter or email via:

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