DHA’s NORA Program Named a 2020 FedHealthIT Innovation Award Winner

Falls Church, VA—IBA is proud to announce that FedHealthIT has recognized the Defense Health Agency (DHA) Narcotics Ordering Review and Approval (NORA) program with a 2020 FedHealthIT Innovation Award.

NORA is a government-developed, web-based application that enables electronic submission, review, and approval of Schedule II controlled substances. Because Schedule II substances have a high potential for abuse, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) mandates strict controls and approvals, and historically the Department of Defense (DoD) medical facilities relied on manual processes and paper forms to request these drugs. NORA automates the ordering process and expedites delivery for recipients, bringing the Military Health System (MHS) into alignment with industry best practices. NORA has also reduced the need for DoD customers to maintain large pharmaceutical inventories, consequently reducing cost.

IBA team members supported the development of NORA at the Joint Medical Logistics Functional Development Center (JMLFDC) at Fort Detrick, Maryland, which is aligned under DHA’s Solution Delivery Division (SDD). Now that the product is in sustainment, IBA continues to provide functional and operational support for the more than 300 approved NORA users.

“I want to thank SDD for providing IBA with the opportunity to support the NORA program,” said Quinn Smith, Director of Operations for IBA. “This award recognizes the exceptional, innovative work that is being done by the JMLFDC team. We’re honored to continue our partnership with SDD on this program.”

The annual FedHealthIT Innovation Awards recognize the top federal health programs and the teams behind innovative efforts in support of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Military Health, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Nominated and chosen by their peers, the award-winning programs stand out for their willingness to take on achievable risk and deliver real results.

About IBA

Irving Burton Associates (IBA) is a woman-owned, federal services provider specializing in technology, business solutions, and research and engineering. For more than 40 years, IBA has been providing innovative service solutions to meet the nation’s most pressing challenges. IBA is headquartered in Falls Church, VA, with regional offices in San Antonio, TX; Frederick, MD; Augusta, GA; and Washington, DC.

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March 11, 2020