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Zach Hraber (left) and Daniel Gbur in ZAP’s North Shore offices.


ZAP Solutions’ paperless admissions expertise energizes rapid growth By Matt Pross, Staff Writer


he didn’t know that it would result in an industry-redefining mod- el of how medical school admissions were managed. Hraber also wasn’t planning on his work evolving into a full-fledged tech compa- ny, but once word got out about the custom solution he had built, the wheels were in motion. Now, 10 years later, Hraber’s company ZAP Solutions,m can call more than 30 percent of all medical schools in North America its clients and has real potential to grow this market share further in the wider graduate school market.


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“I am always looking for ways to help make people’s jobs easier,” Hraber said. “When I built the original application, I didn’t realize that the entire market was still mostly paper-based and encompassed a very manual, cumbersome process. After we completed that project, we were contacted by the Medical School at Pitt to develop a similar custom system.


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hen Zach Hraber set out to develop custom software to streamline the application process for the University of Pittsburgh’s Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program,


“From there, I started to think that there might be a market for this type of product at other institutions,” he explained. “So, we set out to build a new, scalable web-based product on our own that we could take to other schools and show them how we could streamline their admis- sions process as well. “After some door knocking and lots of demos, we started to receive more and more inquiries from other medical schools (like Yale and Harvard) and AMP was born.”


Founded in 1997, ZAP started as a one-man show, with Hraber provid- ing technical consulting and Web-based application and software de- velopment services for clients such as Mullen and other local advertis- ing agencies. After his breakthrough in the medical school admissions industry, Hraber began to organically grow his company from the indi- vidual consulting level to now employing more than 20 full-time. ZAP’s paperless admissions platform, AMP, is used by nearly 50 public and private medical and graduate school programs in the U.S. and Canada to streamline prospect and admissions work-flow management, web- based interview scheduling, scanning functionality, admissions intelli- gence, decision support and reporting.


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