Heart failure patients are adding an enormous strain to the US healthcare system. In addition, readmission rates for these diseases are adding to the burden. Healthcare analytics can play a key role. By following these 4 steps, all of which include data analytics, health systems can begin to reduce readmission rates: 1) Understand your true admission rates. 2) Establish reliable baseline measures. 3) Be aware of balance measures. 4) Establish an EDW.