You would think that the question of handwashing as a simple and effective means of controlling intrahospital infections would be completely settled in 2021. After all, it has been over 170 years since Ignaz Semmelweis argued that handwashing before each patient examination was necessary to control widespread maternal mortality in hospital settings. Even though that simple intervention virtually eliminated postpartum infections and deaths, the medical establishment rejected his ideas and ridiculed him, which hastened his early death at age 47. Joseph Lister, the father of modern antisepsis, said this about Semmelweis: “I think with the greatest admiration of him and his achievement and it fills me with joy that at last he is given the respect due to him.”
Esteban joined NetApp to build a Healthcare AI practice leveraging our full portfolio to help create ML-based solutions that improve patient care, and reduce provider burnout. Esteban has been in the Healthcare IT industry for 15 years, having gone from a being storage geek at various startups to spending 12 years as a healthcare-storage geek at FUJIFILM Medical Systems. He's a visible participant in the AI-in-Healthcare conversation, speaking and writing at length on the subject. He is particularly interested in the translation of Machine Learning research into clinical practice, and the integration of AI tools into existing workflows. He is a competitive powerlifter in the USAPL federation so he will try to sneak early-morning training in wherever he's traveling.