Press release

Vizient Announces Contract Expansion with AT&T to Include DIRECTV

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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.

. 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