Dendi LIS provides a built-in configurable reporting framework for non-enterprise customers. The reporting framework is designed to be robust and handle multiple edge cases without requiring custom intervention.
Report generation is a generally tricky topic, as opinions on the report often boil down to a matter of taste/preferences, and we are not able to accommodate every request for change. In a survey taken of our lab clients, we have found that overwhelmingly, only one format is ever used, even if a lab has set up 10 different formats that can theoretically be used.
Here is our philosophy on what constitutes a clean report:
- Use tables to separate data
- Use color in a meaningful way → too many colors is tacky and does not print well
- Use professional-grade, sans-serif font (we use Helvetica Neue) → no Comic Sans
- Do not be afraid of whitespace
- Use boldface type and ALL CAPS sparingly → attention is a scarce resource
We also have default report templates, which can be assigned to each Test. These are:
- General qualitative
- General quantitative
We are working on growing this template list as we further expand our capabilities.
Reports are generally organized by methodology (enzyme immunoassay, for example), then by Test Category (amphetamines, for example), then alphabetically from there. Uncategorized Tests will be listed in their own separate category under each Test methodology in the Uncategorized category.
For reports of all lengths, the headers & footers will both be visible on every page. This is to prevent loss of information if one or more pages are missing from a report.