Can 'virtual wards' save money at integrated health systems?

In the United Kingdom, a "virtual ward" model has shown some success in reducing hospital admissions and costs, according to the report, "Predictive Modeling in Action: How 'Virtual Wards' Help High-Risk Patients Receive Hospital Care at Home," from the Commonwealth Fund. The "virtual ward" model uses a computer-based predictive model to identify high-risk patients to participate in a home-based coordinated care program that provides multidisciplinary case management services. Report