#ID@Home is a half-day, virtual conference bringing together healthcare providers, researchers, patients, and other infectious disease stakeholders to share ideas and best practices around infectious disease comparative effectiveness research (CER)/patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR).

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The Problem

The rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) required quick action. Public health experts had to make fast decisions to keep up with COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) testing and the number of people being sent to the hospital. Engaging patients, families, and healthcare workers is difficult with travel restrictions and quarantine requirements. Even before the pandemic, finding time to attend conferences was difficult.

Our Solution

We are hosting a live “virtual conference” (#ID@Home) addressing ID-specific comparative effectiveness research (CER)/ patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) design.

Our goal is to inspire sharing of ideas and methods among providers, researchers, and patient advocates. #IDatHome will allow people to participate from across all backgrounds and locations.

This will expand access to important information beyond what is possible face-to-face.


Rapidly changing evidence and recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic has created a need for continuous engagement among healthcare providers, researchers, policy-makers, and patient communities. With the body of evidence continually expanding, #ID@Home aims to create a space for idea-sharing and engagement.


Adapting to the virtual world, this Zoom-based conference will break down traditional barriers to entry at academic conferences. By hosting a live meeting on a videoconferencing platform, #ID@Home will reach a diverse and inclusive population who will be able to participate from various geographies and circumstances, expanding the depth and breadth of shared learning that is otherwise restricted when executed in a face-to-face setting.

#ID@Home was made possible through a Eugene Washington Engagement Award, an initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).


Institute of Human Virology (IHV)

A partnership between the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore, the University System of Maryland and the University of Maryland Medical System, IHV is an institute of the University of Maryland School of Medicine combining the disciplines of basic science, epidemiology and clinical research in a concerted effort to speed the discovery of diagnostics and therapeutics for a wide variety of chronic and deadly viral and immune disorders – most notably HIV, the cause of AIDS.

The PATIENTS Program

The PATIENTS Program is an interdisciplinary research team of community partners and researchers housed at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy that works to change the way we think about research by creating a path for health equity in West Baltimore.