Patient Dave, er e-Patient Dave, led me to the this website, entitled e-patients.net, because health professionals can't do it alone. This is a really fascinating blog about patient empowerment. Among other things, you will find there an "e-patients white paper" explaining their philosophy and approach. Emblematic of the site, you can either read the white paper as a PDF or participate in it as a wiki.
The site apparently began as a follow-on to the work of Dr. Tom Ferguson, who invented the term e-patients to describe individuals who are equipped, enabled, empowered and engaged in their health and health care decisions. He envisioned health care as an equal partnership between e-patients and health professionals and systems that support them.
There is a lot to read and absorb on this site. Please check it out.