SANTA ANA — The pharmacy company that sells drugs and supplies to the elderly, the disabled and the poor said it needs to be a leader in digital technology to deliver its products to the public.
The pharmacy, Ingles Pharmacy, announced Wednesday that it has spent $8 million to purchase a $250,000 machine that will scan and print prescriptions.
It is the latest venture by a company that has spent billions of dollars on technology over the past two decades.
The Ingles machine scans the paper and scans the card to print prescriptions, which is then printed on a microprocessor that runs on a laptop.
The company’s chief executive, David Hester, said in a statement that the system has the potential to provide “a significant improvement in the quality of pharmacy services” for the elderly and others who are less able to take care of themselves.
“Our customers deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and this technology will allow them to do that,” Hester said.
Ingles CEO David Hestor said the technology could reduce the time it takes for patients to fill prescriptions by up to 90 percent.
It will be a “major step forward in the advancement of technology,” Hestur said.
He said he is confident the technology will make the process “much easier for our patients and their families.”
The company has been a leader of innovation in the pharmacy industry since the 1980s, when it started using a laser scanner to scan prescriptions.
The technology has become popular with doctors and pharmacists to save time and reduce costs.