Priority Ambulance has hired information technology systems innovator Robbie Stone as chief information officer to oversee the IT strategy for the national ambulance company and its billing network.
“Robbie brings industry experience and creativity that will be invaluable in managing cost-effective and customer-focused informational technology strategies for Priority Ambulance,” Priority Ambulance CEO Bryan Gibson said. “Robbie has experience with building IT systems for EMS billing and operations systems from the ground up and will bring a solid technological foundation for our company’s rapid growth and expansion.”
Stone specializes in implementing technology solutions that directly translate to a company’s growth and bottom-line. His diverse experience started in the U.S. Army where he made his first foray into the medical field as an operating room technician. After serving with the U.S. Army 302nd Field Hospital, Stone went on to provide technology solutions to the mining industry eventually landing in his current role managing technology systems for national ambulance operations.
Stone began his career as part of the Genesis Technologies Inc. team that designed the “Gentech System,” an innovative monitoring and tracking data system that was one of the first real-time systems used in the coal mining industry.
In 2006, he entered the emergency medical services industry and aided in the startup of Life Air, an air medical transport company serving communities in Ohio and Indiana. While at Life Air, Stone established a cloud-based system that centralized billing, dispatch and electronic patient care record systems. With Stone’s leadership, the IT team achieved impressive results – a seven-figure return on investments in 18 months.
Stone has designed, built and maintained dispatch centers in several states including an FAA-approved air medical dispatch center. He also implemented a central dispatching system, which resulted in a 50 percent annual payroll savings. In 2011, Stone assisted with the sale of Life Air sold to Air Evac.
Over his 20-year career, Stone has worked for such notable employers as Emerson Electric, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Xerox. He attended University of Southern Indiana, Indiana University, and Kaplan, where he studied communications and business administration.
In 2006, Stone also founded an IT and business consulting service for ambulance and public service companies. In his spare time, Stone is a private pilot, scuba instructor and enjoys sailing.
Stone will be based at Priority Ambulance’s headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., and will serve Priority’s national ambulance network in Tennessee, Alabama, New York and Indiana.
About Priority Ambulance
Based in Knoxville, Tenn., Priority Ambulance provides the highest level of clinical excellence in emergency and nonemergency medical care to the communities it serves. Throughout its national service area, more than 600 highly trained paramedics, EMTs and telecommunicators staff approximately 100 state-of-the-art ambulances with the latest medical equipment and technology.
Priority Ambulance provides emergency and nonemergency medical transport options to communities in Tennessee, New York, Alabama and Indiana. Operating as Priority Ambulance, the company serves Knox, Loudon and Blount counties in East Tennessee. Priority Ambulance operates as Kunkel Ambulance in Utica, N.Y.; as Trans Am Ambulance in Olean, N.Y.; as Shoals Ambulance in Alabama; and as Seals Ambulance in the Greater Indianapolis area.