Vizient Announces Contract Expansion with AT&T to Include DIRECTV



"The importance of providing a seamless patient experience is a leading factor on how hospitals provide care and offer entertainment options"

IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vizient, Inc. announced today an expansion of its contract with AT&T for wireless cell phone services to include satellite television programming from DIRECTV for member hospitals. The agreement represents DIRECTV’s first group purchasing organization contract for health care providers.

“We’re excited to earn this contract enhancement with AT&T and DIRECTV. Vizient members will be able to offer patients and their families some of the familiar comforts of home to make their stay more pleasant which can have a positive effect on patient satisfaction,” said John Thompson, senior vice president, sourcing operations for Vizient.

The agreement offers enhanced savings on DIRECTV services to Vizient members that offer inpatient care. The contract includes:

  • HD service with less hardware than previously required
  • Wi-Fi streaming services for patient and family mobile devices
  • Nationwide availability of popular channels and programming
  • Remote monitoring of equipment for technical support
  • Consistent pricing and equipment across the U.S.

DIRECTV has been rated No. 1 in customer satisfaction for 18 years by the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

“The importance of providing a seamless patient experience is a leading factor on how hospitals provide care and offer entertainment options,” said Rod Cruz, Healthcare Solutions General Manager for AT&T. It’s exciting to see this collaboration between DIRECTV and Vizient. By extending these types of solutions to the hands of the patients and visitors, we will no doubt continue to help increase education and patient satisfaction.”

About Vizient, Inc.

Vizient, Inc. provides solutions and services that improve the delivery of high-value care by aligning cost, quality and market performance for more than 50% of the nation’s acute care providers, which includes 95% of the nation’s academic medical centers, and more than 20% of ambulatory providers. Vizient provides expertise, analytics and advisory services, as well as a contract portfolio that represents more than $100 billion in annual purchasing volume, to improve patient outcomes and lower costs. Vizient has earned a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute every year since its inception. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Vizient has offices throughout the United States. Learn more at


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