April 04, 2011 08:00 ET

MEALTRACKER Introduces Web-Based Dietary Management Solutions for Assisted Living and Long-Term Care Facilities

New User-Friendly Software Offers Cost Savings and Efficiency With Food Tracking, Menu Planning at Point of Care

HORNELL, NY--(Marketwire - April 4, 2011) - Responding to the evolving needs of the long-term care and assisted living industries, MEALTRACKER today announced the launch of MealTracker Direct, a completely web-based dietary management system. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) application is intuitive, easy-to-use and accessible from any web-enabled platform, giving care providers an efficient, cost-effective solution for menu planning, nutrition and meal tracking, and resident data collection in facilities across the US.

"The hallmarks of the MealTracker Direct system are service, support and simplicity," says Cole Racho, vice president of business development at MEALTRACKER. "Food service departments at assisted living and long-term care facilities have a profound impact on the quality of care -- the quality of life, really -- for residents. Because foodservice teams bear such a tremendous responsibility, and because they have such frequent contact with residents, we wanted to develop software solutions that are accessible from any computer -- anywhere, anytime -- as long as users have internet access, while still providing all the benefits of our popular installed application."

MealTracker Direct takes a 'whole resident' approach in helping residents of assisted living and long-term care facilities feel like they're getting what they want and need. It's web-enabled software that's highly-intuitive and a snap for anyone to learn and use. It's also flexible and customizable. This unique brand of complete care solution enables facility administrators and staff dietitians to easily implement culture change by integrating simple and instant data collection, at the bedside or dining room, via any type of web-enabled device. 

"With MealTracker Direct, updating and analyzing a day's menu now takes less than a minute whereas before it required a bottle of white out, lots of cutting and pasting and overall much more time," says Becky Foster, RD, LD, director of nutrition services at Senior Care Centers of Texas. "I love having the menu and recipes with the nutritional analysis right at my fingertips in order to give each facility the menu choices that our residents want and deserve."

Since MealTracker Direct is a SaaS solution, users will no longer have to lay out large initial license fees or yearly maintenance fees. Instead, only a monthly low-cost subscription fee is charged. The cost of MealTracker Direct includes installation, support, training, backup and security that can be allocated as a monthly operational expense as opposed to a traditional software license, which is a capital expenditure. 

MealTracker Direct is a Microsoft-certified .NET web application using a SQL database. The application is deployed on dedicated servers and the data is stored in one of the largest, most secure datacenters in the world. The data center has SAS 70, Level 2 compliance to insure HIPAA standards are met.

"MEALTRACKER has been in business for more than 25 years," adds Racho. "Our customers rely on us to lead the way in developing 21st century solutions that advance the industry as a whole and help raise the bar with resident care. Most of our 1,200 clients across the US already view our products as the easiest to use and MealTracker Direct is a logical next step in offering assisted living and long-term care facilities best-in-class products that emphasize service and support."

For a free trial of MealTracker Direct, please visit

Founded in 1985, MEALTRACKER was the first company to offer dietary management software to senior care facilities. Now with over 1,200 customer facilities, MEALTRACKER is regarded as an industry leader in user-friendly meal planning, nutrition management and food cost tracking applications with a reputation for outstanding customer support. The professional consulting firm of Edward Koscic and Associates has issued its highest award for excellence to MEALTRACKER for three years in a row. MEALTRACKER customers include Five Star Senior Living, National HealthCare Corporation, Healthcare Services Group, Fundamental and Provider Services, Inc. For more information, please visit:

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