How are leading healthcare executives preparing their organizations for the future of healthcare? Key findings gained from SAS research reveal five strategic imperatives, which are summarized in this paper, along with valuable insights on how analytics can play a role to ensure success. Addressing each of the strategic imperatives will require investments in advanced analytics, data-driven tactics, and strategies that will improve clinical quality, reduce inefficiencies in care delivery, and optimize financial performance—even under the new payment models of healthcare reform.