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Lab Soft News recently ran a story by Grahame Grieve about how Australia is dealing with preserving visual report formatting across interfaces. The approach described in the Australian standard is very similar to the approach mTuitive has taken in Ontario with structured anatomic pathology reports. mTuitive sends the formatted, human-readable report in a separate OBX section along with the discrete data elements. This means that the source of the report controls its formatting in the target system.