Health care is a rapidly growing and advancing field. With all of the advances in the field, it’s important that every aspect of health care exceed at an equal rate. This can range anywhere from staff knowledge to equipment types used. It can go from the radiology department to the administrative process. Continuously, there is the search to make processes quicker and more convenient while maintaining standard safety precautions and accuracy. Smart cards, a credit card sized device that holds medical records, health insurance information, and personal patient information do just that. The technology of smart cards has undergone a lot of advancements through time, just as the health care system. These smart card advancements include: a more efficient method for storing and retrieving patient information and a more secure, accurate, and reliable vehicle for maintaining patient information. Above all, smart cards offer convenience to a demanding public. The history of smart cards dates back to the early 1950's.