Illinois Pain Institute Avoids Global Cyberattacks by Focusing on Patient Care and Adult Stem Cell Treatments

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Illinois Pain Institute was able to avoid succumbing to the recent "WannaCry" virus by focusing on state of the art patient technologies rather than an EHR. As a result, the top Chicago pain center provides cutting edge stem cell therapies that are changing patient lives without potentially risky surgeries.

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John V. Prunskis (left) and Terri Dallas-Prunskis (right); husband -and-wife cofounders of the Illinois Pain Institute and The Regenerative Stem Cell Institute

The outcome data for spine and musculoskeletal pain is showing that 76-81% of patients are having positive results from the deployment of adult autologous stem cells using the proven technique we employ.

On May 12, 2017, many of the large hospitals sent affiliated doctors and staff emails alerting them of potential system hacks and the loss of patient electronic health records (EHR) due to the computer virus dubbed “WannaCry” that swept the world. The virus would go on to affect hundreds of thousands of computers in over a hundred countries. When John V. Prunskis, MD (Medical Director of The Illinois Pain Institute and The Regenerative Stem Cell Institute) was alerted of these panicked notices and the spread of the attack, he was unfazed because he knew his patients’ medical records would remain secure because his team chose not to implement an EHR program.

After the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in 2009 and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, many of the nation’s health care providers clambered to hastily switch to an eligible EHR systems to take advantage of government-sponsored incentives typically ranging in the millions of dollars. Meanwhile, Dr. Prunskis and his team at the Illinois Pain Institute opted to focus their attention on pursuing further technological advancements in life-changing techniques including the state of the art of autologous stem cell treatments.

“When the government subsidy programs were rolled out, there was a grab by hospitals and medical practices to satisfy the minimum usage requirements to qualify for the cash credits. We explored the EHR options that were out there and were unimpressed. They were only going to decrease our ability to deliver attentive and efficient care to our patients and were not meeting our operational and security needs. These were sacrifices we were not willing to make,” said Dr. Prunskis.

While many of their peers wrestled with the implementation of the clunky software, Dr. Prunskis and his team continued to actively engage the medical community, exchanging best practices on the latest techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of painful and degenerative conditions. They researched and implemented a breakthrough procedure using adult autologous stem cells with significant results in the treatment of orthopedic, musculoskeletal, spine, cardiopulmonary, urologic, neurologic (including stroke and concussion), gastrointestinal, autoimmune, and other diseases.  

After seeing the compelling outcome data and meeting with successfully treated patients, Dr. Prunskis and his wife, Terri Dallas-Prunskis, MD decided to establish The Regenerative Stem Cell Institute to focus on advancing access and quality care in adult stem cell regenerative medicine to help people suffering from inflammatory, degenerative, and other conditions.

Dr. Terri Dallas-Prunskis states, “The outcome data for spine and musculoskeletal pain is showing that 76-81% of patients are having positive results from the deployment of adult autologous stem cells using the proven technique we employ.”

The procedure uses autologous adult adipose-derived stems cells - which means they come directly from the patient's own fat stores. The stem cells are then cleaned and prepared for deployment at both the affected sites and into the bloodstream through an IV. Stem cells are unspecified cells which are capable of differentiation depending on the body’s needs. By introducing the highly-concentrated cells, the body becomes equipped to heal itself. The procedure has been most commonly used for orthopedic and spinal conditions; however, patients have reported significant improvement from concussions, stroke, and even ALS.

The husband and wife duo have a long track record of employing non-surgical treatments that address the root cause of the pain rather than masking it through opioid narcotics or other medications. In 1992, Dr. Terri Dallas-Prunskis left her position as a chairwoman of the interventional pain program at the University of Chicago Medical School to join Dr. John V. Prunskis in founding the Illinois Pain Institute, focusing on the precise diagnosis and treatment of painful conditions.

The pair has lectured extensively to both US and international audiences and, together, hold the highest accreditations in their specialty. Notably, Dr. Prunskis has been chosen by his peers as top Chicago pain management doctor in his specialty an impressive eight times.

Despite achieving medical excellence for a combined six decades, the husband and wife team continues to relentlessly pursue more effective ways to help their patients live their best lives. The founding of The Regenerative Stem Cell Institute is the natural progression of years of disciplined patient care. “We believe in living life to your fullest potential. For us at The Regenerative Stem Cell Institute, that means making sure our patients are able to do the things they like with the people they love, without the limitations of painful conditions and avoiding surgery,” said Dr. Prunskis. 

About Illinois Pain Institute

Started in 1992, IPI is the longest established multi-site Interventional Pain Practice in the Chicago area. The Chicago pain management practice has grown to include seven locations in the Chicago suburbs: Elgin, Barrington, McHenry, Itasca, Libertyville, Huntley and Elmhurst; located in Lake, DuPage, Kane and McHenry counties.

IPI has been an eight-time winner of the Castle Connolly “Top Doctor” award. The practice is completely focused on diagnosing, identifying and fixing the problem and not masking it. IPI physicians provide precise diagnosis and treatment of back pain, neck pain, sciatica, headaches and other painful conditions. The physicians at IPI have expertise in diagnosing and relieving these problems and many other painful conditions by addressing and fixing the source of the pain in a compassionate manner. Visit http://illinoispain.com for more information and scheduling or simply call (888) 925-0984.

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