Rural hospitals using telemedicine to back up emergency health care providers not only save money, but might find it easier to to recruit new physicians down the road, reports the University of Iowa. Rural hospitals that switched to tele-ER emergency provider models saved an average of $117,000 annually in health care provider costs, the study reported. Rural hospitals also found it easier to recruit new physicians because they could offer a better work-life balance, reducing physician burnout and increasing retention.